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Driver dies when car hits truck, then burns

A 49-year-old Dade City woman was killed Tuesday night when her car collided with a semitrailer truck and burst into flames, authorities said.

Janet Lindsay, of 30904 St. Joe Road, was driving her 1986 Mercedes south on Lake Iola Road near Nolan Road about 10:45 p.m. when she struck the side of the truck, which was backing across the road, authorities said.

The truck driver escaped injury, but the Mercedes caught on fire with Lindsay trapped inside, said Dade City Fire Capt. Joe Wubbena.

Lindsay was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:05 p.m., and an autopsy is pending, Wubbena said. No charges were filed.

When the accident occurred, Lindsay was returning home from a visit with her friend Marcia Hood in Brooksville. Hood, who knew her nearly 30 years, remembers Lindsay's last words to her: "Talk to you soon."

"I'm sure I said, "Be careful,' because we always told each other that," said Hood, 50.

Lindsay ran Scharber's Foliage in Dade City and until recent years worked with her parents at Lindsay Mini-Warehouses, also in Dade City. Lindsay was recently divorced.

Her survivors include two sons, Robert Scharber Jr., 29, Dade City, and Henry Scharber, 26, Georgia; a daughter, Lindsay Miller, 22, Dade City; her parents, Kenneth and Henrietta, Dade City; a brother, Wayne Lindsay, 43, Dade City; a sister, Joy Brewer, 47, Dade City; and four grandchildren.