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Lakeland, FL Police Department
Wednesday October 15th, 2014 :: 05:03 p.m. EDT

Advisory

Man arrested in July Fatal Hit and Run of Construction Worker

On July 23, 2014, a dark colored vehicle was traveling southbound in the inside lane on State Road 37 (South Florida Avenue) in the 2600 block. The vehicle drifted left of center and entered the shared center turn lane where construction workers were located. The vehicle struck several construction barrels and subsequently struck a construction worker, later identified as Shelby Kenneth Shull, 44 years of age. The collision with pedestrian Shull resulted in his death. The vehicle failed to stop after the impacts and continued southbound.

Investigative leads resulted in information that the vehicle at the time of the crash was a black 2006 Jeep Wrangler and was being operated by Dustin Halstead, 21 years of age. The vehicle was located and an Inspection of the vehicle revealed biohazard on the hood. The vehicle was impounded as evidence and processed for the aforementioned biohazard inside the Lakeland Police crime lab. The samples were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for DNA comparison with the blood obtained from decedent Shull. FDLE Lab report revealed a DNA match between the samples.

On Wednesday October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Dustin Halstead turned himself into Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Catalano on the charge of - Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving Death, a first degree felony. Halstead was transported and turned over to the Polk County Jail in Bartow.

Address/Location
Lakeland, FL Police Department
219 N Massachusetts Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 863-834-6900

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