East Wake High student killed in wreck
Posted August 29, 2009
Updated August 30, 2009
Zebulon, N.C. — 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.