The shocking death of a Nashville man struck by a piece of concrete believed to have been thrown off an overpass has left his family devastated and searching for answers.
The wife and three children of Joe Shelton, 54, are seeking justice after a large concrete slab went through his car’s windshield Tuesday, hitting him in the face and killing him immediately.
Shelton’s family described the horrific incident as a “random act of violence.” Police suspect the concrete was thrown by an unknown person on the overpass.
“He was someone we could all lean on,” Shelton’s son, Jacob, said alongside his family during an emotional interview with ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN. “He was a great person all around and a joy to everyone that came to him. Losing him is losing the foundation of our family. We’re losing someone we lean on on an every day basis. Someone that’s been there for us our entire life.”
The family remembered Shelton in a statement as an “upbeat, optimistic, and hard-working” man.
“His life ended due to a random act of violence, but it could have happened to anyone. Joe loved his family unconditionally and spread joy everywhere he went,” reads the statement, according to WKRN.
“Jody, we love you, we treasured our time with you, and we will continue to fight for justice,” the statement continues. “We love and adore you so much. He may be gone, but he will continue to live in the hearts of his wife and three children. At this time, we encourage anyone that knows any information to contact Crime Stoppers, please. #JusticeForJody.”
The family is also calling for better safety and surveillance measures on overpasses, according to the report.
Shelton is the latest person to die or sustain injury from an object being dropped from an overpass. Last year, a 22-year-old man lost his life in Ohio after a group of teenagers dropped a sandbag onto an interstate.