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Man, 58, dies after hit-and-run accident

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

SPRING HILL -- A Spring Hill man died Friday night of injuries from a hit-and-run accident last week in Land O' Lakes, and state troopers still are looking for a white pickup that sped away from the fiery crash.

Robert John Schwefringhaus, 58, died at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He and his wife, Dorthy, 54, were flown to the hospital after the wreck. Her injuries were not as severe as his.

The accident happened Oct. 29 on State Road 52 near Giddens Road. A homemade utility trailer loaded with boards came unhitched from an older, rusty, white Ford pickup as it crossed some railroad tracks, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The trailer hit the Schwefringhauses' Oldsmobile, causing it to burst into flames.

The pickup slowed down, then sped away, witnesses said. Troopers said two men in the truck recently had picked up a load of boards at a nearby lumber yard. Officers described the two men as white and about 6 feet tall. One was about 50, with a dark tan and black hair. The other was about 20, with a fair complexion and light-colored hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Michael Styres at (727) 841-4181, ext. 130, or Sgt. Leland Frye at ext. 107.

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