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Former North Lenior pitcher dies in wreck

Posted April 11, 2009

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— Former North Lenior High School pitcher John Patrick Alphin died after a single vehicle wreck Friday on Hart Road in Greene County, the highway patrol confirmed.

Alphin, 19, of Greenville, was driving a pickup truck along Hart Road when the truck ran off the road. Troopers said Alphin tried to get back onto the road, but he over-corrected and overturned the truck twice. He was ejected.

Alphin was transported to Wayne County Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

The former state championship pitcher was enrolled at East Carolina University.

Arrangements are pending.


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  • uncwalum Apr 13, 2009

    My condolences and prayers are with the school, community, friends, and family of this young man. He seemed like an exceptional young man when we faced him a few times in the state baseball play-offs over the past few years. What a tragic end to a young life with potential.

  • Ibelieve Apr 13, 2009

    The news of any death is extrememly sad. Maybe this made the news because of this young persons accomplishments with North Lenoirs baseball team. This young man obviously was a dedicated athlete that did good things and impacted a lot of lives. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  • beckylayhew2 Apr 13, 2009

    I'm so Sorry for the family and community's loss. As for "psychobabble" comment. Anytime a child or teenage is killed by an auto, hunting, swimming, shooting accident, it is put on the news to hopefully save someone else's life.. My Prayers are with you all!!

  • anonemoose Apr 13, 2009

    I'm sorry for the family's loss, but how, other than he was an athlete does this make the news on WRAL? When was he last WRAL news story about a former Lenoir County High School student killed in a crash that wasn't an athlete?

    No wonder athletes think they are special.