Before work last night, 44-year-old Shelby Shull of Eustis had some chilling words for his girlfriend.
"Pretty much, he said that's how he was going to go, he was going to get hit by a car," said Heather Manners.
He was a road construction worker for Florida Safety Contractors.
"I told him, ‘shut up I'll see you in the morning don't worry about it,’ “ she said.
But she wouldn't. At 6 in the morning she found out the awful news.
Four hours earlier, Shull had been hit and killed by a driver while on the job, and the driver never stopped.
"I must have asked that officer 100 times, are you joking me?" she said.
"The suspect vehicle was going southbound. He hit one, two, three, four barrels before he ran into our victim," said Lakeland Police Sergeant Gary Gross.
Shull was thrown 84 feet down South Florida Avenue. He'd been working on island crosswalks in the roadway to make it safer.
"Everything was just right so there was no reason this gentleman lost his life," Sgt. Gross said.
Police are now on the lookout for a black or dark-colored pickup truck with damage to the front end.
"I hope he has a heart and turns himself in," Manners said.
It's almost too much for Shull's family knowing he isn't home, while the person responsible for his death is.
"The only thing I can do is let God talk to him and hope it works," she said.
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