Lakeland construction worker killed by hit-and-run driver

LAKELAND, Fla. - A construction worker installing crosswalks was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Wednesday morning, according to Lakeland police.

Shelby Shull, 44, was struck shortly after 2 a.m. in the 2600 block of Florida Avenue by a dark-colored pickup truck.

A co-worker nearby heard thumping noises and discovered damaged orange traffic barrels and Shull lying in the road.

"It's just after the bars close, and like dominos, he's hitting these barrels and then he runs into the worker. He's killed at the scene," said Sgt. Gary Gross with Lakeland Police.

Investigators said Shull landed about 80 feet from where the truck hit him.

Like most FDOT contractors, Shull and his colleague worked overnight because it's safer with less traffic.

"We see it daily, people go through construction zones, they don't slow down, they take chances, and they weave in and out of traffic. All those things are dangerous to the people who are working out there," said Robin Stublen, FDOT spokesman.

Nearby worker, Alyssa Daniels said especially on South Florida Avenue, very few people actually pay attention to the construction barrels.

"People usually don't," she said. "They don't have respect. They just fly by them."

Anyone with information should contact Officer Mike Catalono 863-834-2558 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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