SW Guilford Basketball Player Dez Woods Killed in Crash, Driver Charged

GREENSBORO, NC - The Guilford County Schools' community is mourning the death of student-athlete, Dez Woods. Woods, 16, attended Southwest Guilford High School and played on the basketball team.

Woods was killed Sunday around 9:30 a.m. in a crash in near Lexington, which is in Davidson County, while returning from a trip to Charlotte. Woods was a passenger in the car, Head Coach Guy Shavers confirmed to WFMY News 2. 

Trooper Moultrie with the NC Highway Patrol said Woods was riding in a Mercedes going north on I-85 when the car ran off the road and overcorrected, hitting several trees. Brandon Lamberth, the driver and Woods' former teammate at Southwest, was charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and Careless and Reckless Driving. 

The investigation is still ongoing and there's no word on what caused Lamberth to go off the road. Both were wearing seatbelts. Speed, alcohol, or drugs weren't factors. Lamberth was taken to Baptist Hospital with serious injuries. 

The Southwest Guilford High Cowboys won the NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A State title game in March.

Southwest Guilford High's Principal, Mike Hettenbach, shared information he released to school staff Sunday about Dez Woods' death:  

Today we learned one of our 11th grade students, Dez Woods passed away due to a car accident.  A crisis team will be onsite tomorrow to provide support to students. As a parent, please talk with your child and allow them to share their thoughts and feelings. We have posted information on our school website, under Quick Links,  about talking to children dealing with grief. 

I know the Woods family appreciates your thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements are still undetermined at this time. Thank you for your continued support of Southwest High. "

We ask that you keep the SW Community and the Woods family in your thoughts and prayers.

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