An out of control speed boat permanently disfigures a woman.
It happened on Lewisville Lake, Texas, 20 miles north of Dallas. Stephanie Booker and two friends, Sabra Scott and Kim Colvin, spent the day swimming and sailing on the lake. June 17, 1995 was a typical outing, until nightfall.
After a break for dinner, the three friends decided to take one last cruise on their boat. Near midnight, the young women headed back to the boat slip. They slowed down as they entered the no-wake zone where boaters are required to stay under five miles an hour. Then, a hundred yards away, a speedboat raced out of the darkness. Stephanie and her friends never had a chance as the speedboat plowed into them. Stephanie was severely injured:
The speed boat’s propeller had slashed across Stephanie’s face, literally slicing it from the bone. Kim Colvin came to the immediate aid of her injured friend:
On the other boat, a man and a young woman appeared at the driver’s side. They stared. Neither said a word. According to Sabra Scott, her calls for help went unanswered:
When the driver finally did do something, it was to save himself. He gunned his engine and took off.
Sabra got the boat started and headed for shore. Kim turned her attention back to Stephanie:
Stephanie was rushed to surgery. Meanwhile, police began looking for the driver of the speed boat or anyone who might have seen him. Weldon Lucas was a Sheriff of Denton County, Texas, at the time of the accident:
Five minutes later, another eyewitness saw two people load the same boat onto a trailer towed by a white 4×4 pickup truck. Without even bothering to tie down the boat, they sped off into the night. They remain unidentified. The community was outraged. Local businesses raised reward money. Meanwhile, it took 12 reconstructive surgeries to rebuild Stephanie’s internal facial structure:
However, one person did seem to care. According to Sheriff Lucas, police have heard from the same anonymous caller three times:
The suspects were driving a 25 to 30 foot-long Miami Vice style speedboat painted white with teal green markings. The driver of the speedboat was a stocky, clean-shaven white male with light hair. His companion was an athletic-looking woman with very long dark hair. They drove a white 4×4 pickup.
Although her wounds have since healed, for Stephanie Booker, she will never fully recover until the man who nearly killed her is brought to justice.