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Man thrown from truck during crash found dead on top of Spring Lake home

Posted December 8, 2016

— The body of a man thrown from a car in a crash Wednesday night was recovered from the roof of a Spring Lake home Thursday morning.

According to authorities, Maurice McLaughlin, 45, died when his Chevrolet Silverado hit a ditch and flipped on its side. His body was ejected and ended up on the roof of home on Ray Road.

Annamae Murphy, who witnessed the crash, said it happened Wednesday night, but it was too dark to see. When North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers arrived at the scene Thursday morning, they could not locate the vehicle.

"They said they come back here about 6:40, and they didn't see no wreck. But they didn't realize the car was up against the house," Murphy said.

Murphy said that, when the sun came up, she went outside and saw the vehicle and victim. She called 911.

"When they came back, it was daylight then, and then when you started looking, you could see a shoe on top of the house," she said.

David Knight said he knew McLaughlin well. They went to school together, and McLaughlin was a barber at the Anderson Creek Barber Shop. He was known as “Doc Da Roc.”

"He loved everyone, loves God," Knight said. "If you came by here, you didn't have a choice but to pass flowers back and forth because he was a happy person."


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  • Mary Meadows Dec 13, 2016
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    I'm assuming this article was updated - that's why you are all asking the questions you are. First of all it states that someone witnessed the accident Wednesday night. My confusion is why the police didn't come until early Thursday morning (approx 6:40) when it was dark and they could not see the car (apparently it was on its side up against the trailer) or the deceased man on the roof of the trailer. They didn't see it until they came the second time on Thursday. So either the woman who witnessed the accident waited until Thursday to report it OR the police waited until Thursday to respond. This makes me wonder if this man could have potentially been saved.

  • Norman Lewis Dec 9, 2016
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    Why is no one else addressing the issue that this person probably would not have died if they had taken maybe 3 seconds to fasten a seat belt? Maybe slowing down a bit would have helped also, people don't get thrown from their vehicle and fly, I'm guessing at least 30 feet, onto the roof of a dwelling if they were going near the speed limit. I am sorry for the loss of this person but there is no such thing as an accident.

  • Holly Michael Dec 8, 2016
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    It looks to me that the brown trailer didn't have anyone living in it. The other trailer looks like it could have people living in it. If that is the case, wasn't anyone home in the lighter colored trailer? I'm like you Kimberly. Think if someone is home they would have heard something.

  • Kimberly Holloway Dec 8, 2016
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    I just have to ask...how does no one hear a car crash into the side of their trailer at night? I mean, the neighbors dog barking wakes me up. Really??