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Two wrecks spur prayers for teens

Posted September 1, 2009

— Athletes and fans will gather at East Wake High School Tuesday evening to pray for two teens who were victims of weekend automobile wrecks.

Patrick Michael McLaughlin Jr., 17, of Zebulon, a student at East Wake, died Saturday in a single-car crash. McLaughlin vehicle veered off U.S. Highway 64 near Lizard Lick Road and hit a guardrail, then overcorrected and hit a tree, state troopers said.

On Friday, four teens were involved in a wreck in Knightdale. While police have not released their names, Police Chief Shawn Brown said the driver had been charged with careless and reckless operation of a motor vehicle and driving while impaired. One person was taken to WakeMed. Brown said Monday that the victim was in critical condition.

A woman who identified herself as a friend of the victim’s family said that students from Knightdale planned to attend the soccer game between East Wake and Broughton Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to present banners to the parents of the injured student and to McLaughlin’s parents.


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  • AtALost Sep 1, 2009

    PTA, I was taught that the Lord also gives us common sense. With the fascination with texting and browsing the internet, I think many of these 'accidents' are due to distracted driving. Hopefully they outlaw holding an electronic device while driving so we won't have to worry as much about people making good decisions. There's still the issue of drinking, etc. but it seems like a lot more 'accidents' occur these days from people crossing the center line or going off the road and over correcting. Might also help for parents to be more involved in driver education - maybe discuss some scenarios and how the young driver should react, go to an empty parking lot and role play. There's a lot more that can be done BEFORE the tragic 'accident'.

  • ncpeanut Sep 1, 2009

    I am truly sick to my stomach just imagining what these families are going through. As much as I annoy my 17-year-old son, I can't stop stressing "good decisions, good decisions." But I know from my own experiences that we don't all make the best decisions, no matter what our age. I am praying for these families, that they will survive the pain they are surely going through. And lastly, I don't think this is the place to put down anyone's way of dealing with this type of thing. Please be nice to each other.

  • Gucci Hippy Piggy Sep 1, 2009

    PTA, I normally agree with you, but it's done now. This kids are looking for answers anyway they can. If praying makes them feel better, I have no issue with it. We knew one of the students, and he's probably not going to survive this.

    I've used this opportunity to talk with my child about the dangers of drinking and getting in a car. I can't imagine what these parents are going through. I don't want to find out. :(

    I send them love and good energy that they heal from this oneday. I don't think I ever could.

  • Chipperoo Sep 1, 2009

    It is never to late for prayers for the families of the victims. They need love and compassion to get through this very difficult time. My heart goes out to the families.