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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Road worker killed in Lakeland hit-and-run

A man on a construction crew was killed by a hit-and-run vehicle early Wednesday as he worked on pedestrian safety project on well-traveled Lakeland road.

Shelby K. Shull, 44, of Eustis, was wearing reflective safety clothing when he was struck about 2 a.m. on the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue, police said. His body was found by a co-worker about 80 feet from the point of impact, police said.

Shull was hit in the inside southbound lane near the rear of a company truck in a designated work zone, police said.

Police said they are looking for a dark-colored truck with possible damage to the left front.

Shull worked Florida Safety Contractors, a Thonotosassa company contracted by the state to add curb island crosswalks on a stretch of South Florida Avenue, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The roadway, which fronts a Publix-anchored shopping center, has a continuous left-turn lane with no median.

One of Shull’s co-workers was standing in front of a company truck and heard several thumping sounds, police said. He went to the rear of the truck and saw several damaged orange traffic barrels and Shull lying in the road, police said.

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