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Greene County teacher killed in accident

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SNOW HILL, N.C. - An elementary school teacher was killed Friday evening in a car accident in Greene County.

Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Patricia McLaughlin, of Winterville, was killed around 5:30 p.m. as she was driving east on NC 903 near Snow Hill.

Troopers say McLaughlin ran off the road, hit a ditch and brick column then overturned. McLaughlin was wearing a seat belt.

McLaughlin was a second grade teacher at West Greene Elementary School with Greene County Schools.

According to the school's website, McLaughlin received her undergraduate and graduate degree from East Carolina University and taught at Greene County Schools for 12 years. She lived in Winterville with her husband and two daughters.

Greene County Schools Superintendent,  Dr. Patrick Miller, tells 9 on Your Side that the principal of West Greene Elementary, JoAnn Pennington, along with other staff members, spent the morning calling the parents of the children in McLaughlin's classroom to let them know what happened.

Principal Pennington released this statement to 9 on Your Side: "Mrs. McLaughlin was a caring teacher with a big heart who always looked for ways to help her students suceed. She was an integral part of the second grade team and was known for researching internet resources to enhance lessons and sharing them with her colleagues. She will be missed by everyone in the West Greene Family."

Greene County Schools' crisis team has been mobilized and additional school counselors and support staff will be at the school on Monday morning to assist with grief counseling.

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