Corrections sergeant dies in Union County crash

A sergeant with the Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Anson County died early Tuesday after troopers say his car crashed into a median at a Union County subdivision while he drove more than 100 mph.

Troopers say Sgt. William R. Womack Jr., 61, was driving a 2012 Dodge Charger RT eastbound on N.C. 84 at about 1:30 a.m. When he turned along a curve, the car traveled left of center of the roadway before crossing over the left shoulder of the road, said N.C. Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon.

The car then struck a bricked entrance to the Willoughby Woods subdivision, 3 miles west of Monroe’s city limits, Gordon said. Womack was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gordon said Womack’s “excessive” speed was a “major factor” in the crash but added troopers also consider alcohol a contributing factor. No other injuries were reported.

Womack had been an employee at Lanesboro Correctional Institution since June 2003 when he started as a corrections officer, said Keith Acree, spokesman with the state Department of Public Safety.

Once promoted to sergeant, he was tasked with overseeing other officers in the prison.

Womack was not scheduled to work on Tuesday, so officials do not believe he was headed to or from work during the crash, Acree said.