Dad shoots, kills Dept. of Correction truck driver who fatally struck son: North Carolina police

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Monday, August 14, 2023
Father shoots, kills driver who crashed into and killed son: Person Co. Sheriff's Office
A father is in custody for shooting and killing a driver who hit and killed his son with a truck, according to Person County Sheriff's Office.

PERSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A father is in custody for shooting and killing a driver who hit and killed his son with a truck in North Carolina, according to the Person County Sheriff's Office.

It happened before 6:30 a.m. Monday. A family of three ran out of gas in the area.

They were walking down a road when a Department of Correction truck driven by Jeffrey McKay crashed into the youngest member of the family of three.

The boy died from the crash.

"He was a good person. He was a real good person," the boy's brother told our sister station, ABC11. "Wanted to be an IT technician. He was doing, he wanted to be positive in life. He wanted to help people. He was a people person."

McKay stopped his truck and called 911.

According to Person County Sheriff's Office, the boy's father, Chad Woods, pulled out a gun and shot McKay.

"He was just out of it, going off and stuff. He was going, 'He just he killed my son. He killed my son,'" Woods' father Lawrence Clayborn said.

McKay was rushed to the hospital but died before he arrived.

Investigators said Woods and the other surviving member of the family of three then took McKay's truck and drove to their home.

Woods was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder and larceny of a motor vehicle. He is due in court Aug. 21.

"This is kind of a first. I've been to people struck by cars and I've been to shootings, but I haven't ever had this happen at the same time. Sad situation all around, for all the families," Sgt. Kevin Morris said.