Soldiers Mourn Woman Killed In Wreck, Suspect Faces Judge - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Soldiers Mourn Woman Killed In Wreck, Suspect Faces Judge

17 year old - Stayce Walker   - Vehicular Homicide Suspect 17 year old - Stayce Walker - Vehicular Homicide Suspect
21 year old Joanna Ringer  -  Accident Victim 21 year old Joanna Ringer - Accident Victim

February 8, 2008

COLUMBUS, Georgia -- A Fort Benning soldier, who was killed in a crash, is being remembered by her fellow soldiers.

Investigators say 21 year-old Joanna Ringer died, after her car was hit by a suspect, who was fleeing police.

The suspect, 17 year-old Stayce Walker is facing a laundry list of charges, stemming from Thursday's police chase and crash on Victory Drive.

The chase began when officers say they spotted Walker in a stolen red pickup truck at Wilson Apartments.

Investigators say Walker took off, leading police to the intersection of Fort Benning Road and Victory Drive, where Chief Ricky Boren says officers called off the chase.

But Walker didn't stop, as police say he drove the wrong way on Victory Drive, crashing into a silver car.

Ringer was killed in the wreck. The Fort Benning sergeant had been assigned to the Conus Replacement Center since October 2005.

A friend of Ringer's says she, "a beautiful person, and will be missed by everyone who had ever met her."

Walker pled not guilty to several charges Friday morning in recorder's court, including vehicular homicide, attempting to allude an officer, and drug charges.

He will stay in the Muscogee County jail until his trial.

Sgt. Ringer was orginally from Loris, South Carolina. Fort Benning officials have not released any information about her funeral services yet.

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