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Lakeland police ‘confident’ Jeep was in hit-and-run death

Lakeland police investigators are examining a vehicle they believe was involved in Wednesday’s hit-and-run death of a road construction worker.

The 2006 black Jeep Wrangler had hood damage consistent with being in a collision, police spokesman Gary Gross said Thursday. The Jeep was being held as evidence in the crime lab.

“We are confident that this vehicle is tied to the hit-and-run scene, however further investigation is required before charges may be filed, Gross said in a news release.

Two people have been interviewed by police, Gross said. Information on the Jeep’s owner or driver was not being released due to the onging investigation, Gross said.

Shelby K. Shull, 44, of Eustis, was wearing reflective safety clothing when he was struck and killed about 2 a.m. on the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue, police said.

Shull worked Florida Safety Contractors, a Thonotosassa company contracted by the state to add curb island crosswalks. He was hit in a designated work zone. His body was found by a co-worker about 80 feet from the point of impact, police said.

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