A Newton man has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felony hit and run involving death and one count of driving while his license was revoked after he allegedly left the scene of an accident Wednesday night that claimed the lives of two Iron Station residents.
Ronnie Lee Woody, 45, and Melanie Kay Thomas, 38, , were headed north on US 321 near the Hardin exit about 11 PM when they were struck from behind by a vehicle on the dimly lit highway. Woody was pronounced dead at the scene, while Thomas was transported to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
An abandoned vehicle believed to be the one that struck them was found a short distance away but K-9 units were unable to track or locate the driver.
Matthew Emmanuel McCurdy, 37, of Newton came to the Gastonia Police Department Thursday morning and attempted to file a police report that his car had been stolen. Following an interview with troopers, he was charged. McCurdy was jailed in Gastonia under a $100,000 bond.