Hit-and-run leaves construction workers worried

Lakeland, Florida — 10 News is bring information from the front lines after a hit-and-run crash in Lakeland that killed a construction worker.

The good news, police have found the vehicle they say is involved in that crash.

It all happened across the street from the Publix on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. An area where many people risk their lives working on the road.

"Sometimes we just gotta watch each other's backs," said construction foreman Jose Escobedo.

He puts up a fluorescent sign every day: "Road Work Ahead."

"Honestly, it's kind of scary because most people don't pay attention to you. They just don't care," Escobedo said.

And sometimes a sign isn't enough.

"Right next to the road, cars come and go, it's crazy what happened," marveled construction worker Tyler Register.

The incident happened early Wednesday morning. Police say Shelby Shull hit while working to install curb island crosswalks on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland.

"One of the workers heard a thump and a noise, looked around his work truck and saw his co-worker laying in the roadway," said Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross.

Police say when Shull was hit, he flew 80 feet into the air. The four barricades put in place to protect workers were hit by the driver and did little to soften the blow.

See full story: Worker killed in Lakeland hit and run

The only good news:

"Now we've got the vehicle identified," Gross said. You can see photos of the damaged 2006 black Jeep Wrangler here in this story.

Investigators say they found the vehicle after a tip was called in. Police are gathering forensic evidence from the damaged bumper before filing charges.

Still, as crime scene tape litters the block, the workers on the front lines say they need the public's help.

"There's signs down the road, there's barricades down the road, all they gotta do is pay attention," Escobedo said.

"Pay attention to the road, pay attention to (your) surroundings you know, 'cause it's not worth it in the end," Register adds.

It's an end that came too soon for Shelby Shull, but one you can help prevent, while keeping these workers alive at the end of the day.

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