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Woman charged in wreck that killed soldier, wife

Posted April 28, 2009

— Spring Lake police have charged a woman in the crash that killed a soldier and his wife Saturday morning.

Master Sgt. Stephen W. Booth, 33, a senior Special Forces weapons sergeant, was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A). He and his wife, Dawn Booth, were riding a motorcycle when Ruth Ann Furnier pulled her car into their path, police said.

Furnier is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Stephen Booth, of Sanford, is a veteran of five combat tours. He participated in operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The couple is survived by two sons.


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  • Groovy Apr 29, 2009

    PS. God loves Stephen, Dawn and Ruth.

  • Groovy Apr 29, 2009

    God bless this couple's two sons. Terrible, terrible tragedy. You guys, the hate directed at the driver is not going to help. It feels good to be able to blame someone but this woman made a mistake, she surely didn't mean for this to happen and you have no idea what special hell she may be going through right now. The offender is also someone's wife, mother, possibly grandmother. Could have been yours. Be kind.

  • jenzinnia Apr 29, 2009

    God Bless you Sgt. Booth... and your family...especially your wife Dawn for supporting you through the 5 tours you endured to protect our great Country. It does not seem right that you survived all that you did in Iraq and Afghanistan only to be killed at home by a person you sacrificed to defend. She obviously wasn't paying attention...and as a result, two sons will now have to live the rest of their lives without their parents. I know we all make mistakes, but I agree with the other posters...she should be held accountable and have to sacrifice for her crime.

  • str8thuggin Apr 29, 2009

    I wish it would get more strict around here. It seems like everyday there is something like this that happens and takes the life of someone needed. People just cant drive, nor do they care about others, its everyone for them self. May the Lord be with the family and those who lost friends and co-workers, this should not have happened. The def. will probably get slapped with several hour of community service, time served. It would be nice if they would put a more stiff punishment for these kind of things.

  • Tiffany2007 Apr 29, 2009

    Totally agree!!! U.S. should take a lot lessons from other strict countries. Things would definitely change here.

  • dcatz Apr 29, 2009

    It should be felony death by motor vehicle.

    The state gives out drivers licenses to far too many idiots. We should be like Germany where a drivers license costs $1000 and the initial failure rate for the test is 2/3rds.