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Troopers release sketch of driver in fatal accident

Published Sep. 4, 2005

Investigators have released a composite sketch of the man suspected of causing and then driving away from a fatal crash last month on State Road 52 just west of U.S. 41.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the man was driving west on SR 52 about 10:45 a.m. Oct. 29, pulling a trailer loaded with boards behind his pickup truck. As the pickup went over a railroad crossing, near Giddens Road, the trailer detached and struck an eastbound car. The pickup did not stop.

The driver of the eastbound car, Robert Schwefringhaus, 58, died Nov. 8 as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Troopers described the driver of the pickup as white, about 50 years old, with black hair, a dark tan and a ruddy complexion. He is about 6 feet tall and 230 pounds.

A second man in the pickup was described as white, about 20 years old with light-colored hair and a fair complexion. He is about 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds.

Troopers said the men had recently picked up a load of boards from a nearby lumber yard. Their pickup was described as an older model white Ford Ranger with a silver stripe on the lower portion and rust on the rear bumper. The truck also is damaged on the right rear side.

Anyone with information about the truck or the two men is urged to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (727) 841-4181, and ask for either Cpl. Michael Styers, ext. 130, or Sgt. Leland Frye, ext. 107.