TEACHEY, DUPLIN COUNTY - A Duplin County high school teacher involved in a weekend vehicle accident has passed away.
Lori Smith Pierce, 39, an English teacher at Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Teachey, was pulled off life support Tuesday morning.
'She wanted to bring some good wherever she went," said her husband, Michael Pierce. "The world's a darker place without her."
According to the Highway Patrol, Pierce was driving on Highway 111 west of Haw Branch Road near Richlands at about 8:48 a.m. Saturday. That was when she ran off the road to the right and hit a tree, troopers said. The scene was just a few miles from the victim's home on 5 Mile Road.
Investigators are looking into what caused Pierce to run off the road.
Pierce had been teaching at Wallace-Rose Hill High School since 2010, officials said.
"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," stated 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."