Escaped NC inmate crashes stolen truck and dies, officials say

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) — An inmate is accused of stealing a work truck on a job site in Gaston County Monday afternoon. Officials confirmed that the inmate was killed in a crash connected to the theft.

The inmate, David A. Woods, left his outside work assignment and was reported missing at 12:50 p.m., officials say.


Communication officials say the inmate stole the truck around 12:50 p.m. off of South Main Street near I-85 and mile marker 22 and fled the scene.

Police said a crash that happened a short time later on I-85 near Exit 14 was connected to the incident.

Woods was driving a city of Lowell Ford pickup truck at the time of the crash.

Officials say he was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder.

Lowell police, Gastonia police department and the Division of Prisons are investigating the incident.

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