A memorial service is planned this weekend for a local teacher killed in a car crash.
Patricia McLaughlin of Winterville will be remembered at a ceremony Saturday. She was a teacher at West Greene Elementary in Snow Hill, though she'd been with the district for several years. She was also a wife and mother to two daughters.
The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Open Door Ministries in Winterville.
McLaughlin was killed Friday in a one-car crash on Highway 903 near Snow Hill, according to the Highway Patrol.
Greene County Schools has released a statement about the loss of a teacher who had been with them for over a decade.
Superintendent Patrick Miller emailed the statement to WITN regarding the loss of 38-year-old Patricia McLaughlin:
"The Greene County Schools family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Patricia McLaughlin. Mrs. McLaughlin taught for many years in Greene County at Greene Central High School, Snow Hill Primary School, and at West Greene Elementary. She was a valued teacher, colleague, and friend to many.
The principal of West Greene Elementary, JoAnn Pennington, along with other staff members, spent the morning calling the parents of the children in Mrs. McLaughlin's classroom to let them know what happened. Greene County Schools' crisis team has been mobilized - additional school counselors and support staff will be on hand at the school on Monday morning to assist with grief counseling. At this time, I am unable to share any additional information. Thank you again for your understanding during this most difficult time."
The Highway Patrol says that McLaughlin was killed in a crash Friday night on Highway 903 North, just outside of Snow Hill.
The Highway Patrol confirms that a Winterville woman killed early Friday evening was a Greene County teacher.
The investigating trooper tells WITN that Patricia McLaughlin was a teacher at West Greene Elementary School.
Officials say that McLaughlin crashed into a brick column in the driveway of a home at 1504 Highway 903 North just outside of Snow Hill.
McLaughlin's school profile says that she received her undergraduate degree from ECU and have been with Greene County Schools for 12 years. Her profile says that she has a husband and 2 daughters.
The Highway Patrol says that a Winterville woman died as a result of a car crash early Friday night.
Troopers citing a crash report say it happened around 5:35 p.m. We’re told by officials that 38-year-old Patricia McLaughlin was driving east on NC 903 around 3 miles north east of Snow Hill in Greene County when the crash happened.
Officials say that McLaughlin ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch, a brick column and overturned several times.
WITN has received information from viewers and friends indicating that McLaughlin was a teacher with West Greene Elementary School.
McLaughlin was wearing her seat belt according to troopers. We're told that alcohol is not a factor.
We’re working to contact the investigating trooper for more information on this crash.