Woman Killed In Shawnee Expressway Crash Leaves Behind Grieving Family

By Frances Kuo

(LOUISVILLE, June 16th, 2004, 6:30 p.m.) -- A Louisville family is grieving after a 40-year-old woman was killed in a car accident early Wednesday on the Shawnee Expressway near the River Park and Muhammad Ali interchange. Now police are looking into whether someone else may have been driving the vehicle she was in and left the scene before police arrived. WAVE 3's Frances Kuo has more.

William Booth answered his door shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday to find a police officer with devastating news. His wife of five years, 40-year-old Delores Booth, had been killed in a car crash. "The officer said, 'she's deceased, maybe you want to sit down,' and then the chaplain took over."

Hours later he was still in shock. "What are we going to do? What are we going to do? She's such an intricate part of everything. It's just going to be a big void."

Police say the crash happened about 5 a.m. Monday as Booth was traveling up an entrance ramp onto the Shawnee Expressway.

Police say that's when the green Ford Explorer she was traveling in hit a sign and construction barrel before it flipped on its side. Police say Booth was thrown from the car's passenger window -- and for that reason, authorities are considering the possibility that she was not driving.

Booth's family does not know where she was going at the time or who may have been traveling with her.

"Right now I don't really want to think about that part of it," Booth said, but he added that it wasn't uncommon for his wife to give people rides. Now the family is left with unanswered questions and vivid memories. of his wife.

Delores Booth was a child therapist for Seven Counties. Besides her husband, she is also survived by her 19-year-old son, Ronnie, and her 30-year-old stepdaughter, Yolanda.

Online Reporter: Frances Kuo

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