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East Wake High student killed in wreck

Posted August 29, 2009
Updated August 30, 2009

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— An East Wake High School senior died in single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 64 outside Zebulon Saturday evening, state troopers said.

A vehicle driven by Patrick Michael McLaughlin Jr., 17, of Zebulon, veered off U.S. 64, near Lizard Lick Road, and hit a guardrail around 5 p.m. McLaughlin crossed back over to the right side of the road and hit a tree.

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the wreck, and McLaughlin was wearing his seatbelt, troopers said.

Troopers are investigating what caused McLaughlin to veer off the highway.


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