Students at one Eastern Carolina high school are grieving after one of their teachers died as a result of a traffic accident.
The Highway Patrol says Lori Pierce was taken off life support this morning, three days after being involved in a single vehicle crash.
Troopers say Pierce, who was the yearbook adviser and an English teacher at Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Duplin County, was driving down Highway 111 around 8:50 a.m. Saturday.
The accident happened near the Haw Branch Road intersection in Onslow County. The woman's vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck a tree.
Troopers say alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.
Pierce taught at Wallace-Rose Hill since 2010, and was a 1997 graduate of East Carolina University.
"The fact that Mrs, Pierce was an organ donor is a testimony to what an honorable person she was," said Principal M.D. Guthrie.
"The entire Duplin County Schools' family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Mrs. Pierce. She was truly a beloved and dedicated teacher who came to work early every day and always wanted her students to be successful," said Superintendent Austin Obasohan.
"On behalf of the Board of Education, our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to Mrs. Pierce's husband and two children. We are also praying for the Wallace-Rose Hill family and doing everything we can to support all of them as they work through this difficult time."
Additional guidance counselors and social workers were at the school to assist students and staff.
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