A woman looking for her husband after he didn’t come home Thursday night discovered Friday morning that he’d been killed in a wreck about a mile from his residence, Caldwell County authorities said.
Trooper T.C. Williams with the N.C. Highway Patrol said David Holden, 48, was driving a 1983 Chevrolet truck that veered left of center on Abington Road five miles west of Lenoir.
The truck ran off the road on the left, went up an embankment and struck several trees.
Williams said the vehicle then ran down another embankment, ejecting Holden, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
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Holden may have suffered head trauma before he came to rest under the truck, Williams said.
The posted speed limit on the road is 55 mph, but Williams said excessive speed wasn’t involved. There was an open container of alcohol in the truck, the trooper said.
Williams said the victim’s wife told him her husband had been visiting with friends Thursday evening. When he didn’t come home she called the sheriff’s office and hospital and went looking for him with no success because of darkness.
On Friday morning, she started looking again and spotted the evidence where he’d run off the road, Williams said.
“If he’d had his seat belt on he’d probably have been OK,” Williams said. “That was the big thing here.”