Two Die in Head-on Collision on US 98 Near SR 471

A Lakeland woman and a Winter Haven man died around 4:15 a.m. Sunday when their cars collided head-on on U.S. 98 near State Road 471 in northern Polk County, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Todd Grau, 37, of Winter Haven, was southbound in his 2005 Saab when he attempted to pass another vehicle and collided with the northbound 2003 Mercury Sable driven by Marie Telfort, 41, of Lakeland, the Sheriff’s Office said based on evidence and witness statements.

Neither driver had a passenger, and both died at the scene, deputies said. The road was closed for nearly five hours.