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Head-on accident kills Thonotosassa woman

The family of Ruby Jackson, 43, remembers a woman who loved to fish and shop.

Published April 4, 2006

TAMPA - It's not the way Ruby Jackson died, but rather how she lived that her husband, James Jackson, wants to remember.

"She was just wonderful," he said.

Jackson, 43, of Thonotosassa died Sunday evening when she drove a car into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup head-on, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jackson grew up in Dunedin. For the last few years, Jackson was a homemaker who raised the couple's 9-year-old son, Daniel, and cared for her husband's son, Steven, 24.

She had medical problems, her husband said.

But when she was feeling well, she was full of life. She loved to fish. She liked to shop. She used to own a nail care salon.

The two had been married for almost 20 years.

But Sunday at 7 p.m., her four-door Nissan crossed into the median of Hillsborough Avenue near 56th Street and struck a pickup, according to the FHP. She died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Brenda E. Arciniega, 25, and two children, Jessy Cabrera, 14, and Pedro Cabrera, 1, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, the FHP reported. Jessy was treated and released on Sunday. A hospital spokesman said there was no record of Arciniega or Pedro being seen.

Jackson's aunt, Patricia Davis, described her niece as a "caring and giving person."

Davis, who lives in Kansas, said she didn't get to see Jackson often, but she, too, had fond memories of her.

"She loved doing nails for all of her family," she said.

[Last modified April 4, 2006, 03:00:35]

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