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On October 25, at 2:12 am, the Lakeland Police Department responded to 800 US 98 (Bartow Rd) south of Hollingsworth Road in reference to a pedestrian hit by a car.  Witnesses were southbound on US 98 in the inside lane and the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was directly behind them. The witness, Brianna White, saw an unidentifiable object lying in the roadway and quickly swerved to the left to avoid striking it.


The vehicle behind them, driven by Lawrence A. Glover , was unable to avoid striking the object lying in the roadway which was later identified as a white male pedestrian. Glover stated he did not realize what the object was until it was too late to avoid it. Glover was driving a 2012 Honda Accord, 2-dr.


The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at 2:24 am by PCEMS.  The pedestrian was identified as William Michael Mintner (W/M; 06/05/97) by his Florida driver’s license.  The next-of- kin notification was made by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.


The preliminary investigation revealed speed did not appear to have been a factor regarding the traffic crash and the officer did not observe any clues or indicators that Glover was impaired. It’s unknown why William Mintner was lying in the roadway at this time or if he had been hit by another vehicle beforehand.  


The Lakeland Police Department received a 911 call from an unknown citizen that there was a subject walking in the roadway on US 98 S, in front of Lakeland High School. The called stated the subject was a white male who appeared to be intoxicated. The 911 call came in approximately 1-2 minutes prior to this incident occurring. The roadway was shut down for approximately (4.5) hours and traffic barricades were also utilized for the road closures.


This case is still under investigation and follow-up will be made by a Traffic Homicide Investigator.


Deceased: William M. Mintner, w/m, DOB 6/5/97, 10619 SE 142nd Avenue Road, Ocklawaha, Fla. Mintner was a student at Florida Southern College.





The Lakeland Police Department received information yesterday evening in reference to locating the vehicle involved in the hit & run fatality that resulted in the death of Shelby K. Shull, 44 yrs old. Two subjects have been interviewed and the vehicle, 2006 Black Jeep Wrangler is being held as evidence in the crime lab. There is damage to the hood area consistent with that of a collision. Traffic Homicide Investigator Mike Catalano advised that the vehicle is being examined for forensic evidence at this time and the owner of the vehicle or driver’s information is not being released due to the pending investigation.  We are confident that this vehicle is tied to the hit & run scene however further investigation is required before charges may be filed. A photograph of the front of the Jeep is attached.

The Lakeland Police Department would like to remind motorist that construction equipment and activity on the roadway can be distracting. It’s imperative to be extra attentive when driving through a work zone. The potential for property damage and human harm are only greater in construction sites because of heavy machinery, loud noises and additional blind spots. In work zones, it’s important to expect the unexpected.