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Assault victim ejected in wreck, critically hurt

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

HARTSELLE — A man was thrown from the back of a truck and critically injured only a day after having his throat cut in an assault, investigators said Friday.

Hubert Paul Woods, 27, was recovering from the assault when Thursday's wreck sent him to Huntsville Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Friday.

Woods received 11 stitches at Decatur General Hospital on Wednesday after his roommate cut his neck with a carpet knife during a drunken argument that turned bloody, said Investigator Jodie King of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

The fight took place at Woods' residence, Lot 1 of the mobile home park at 2232 Indian Hills Road between Hartselle and Decatur.

Deputies and investigators responding to the 8:45 p.m. domestic dispute arrested the roommate, 45-year-old David Lee Pugh, on a charge of second-degree assault. He remained in Morgan County Jail on Friday in lieu of $750 bond.

Woods was riding in a truck driven by David Kent, 42, of Hartselle when it collided with another vehicle on Indian Hills Road at Burleson Mountain Road about one-half mile south of Decatur at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, state troopers said.

No seat belts

Neither Woods nor Kent wore seat belts, troopers said. Chief Deputy Mike Corley said the crash apparently threw Woods from the back of the truck and hurled him into a tree.

MedFlight took him to Huntsville Hospital, where he was being treated in the neurological intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

King said the assault case's prosecution depends on Woods' recovery.

Kent and the other driver, Debbie Jenkins, 32, of Hartselle, were taken to Decatur General Hospital.

Jenkins was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. No information was available about Kent's condition.

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