Man dead after driver speeds through town at 100 mph

Published 12:01 pm Monday, April 10, 2023

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

A Mocksville man is dead, and another is charged in a fatal vehicle crash that took his life on Friday morning in Downtown Mocksville.

Jeffery Nance, 56, of Mill Street, died at the scene, reported N.C. Highway Patrol First Sgt. Philip Dixson.

Dixson reported that at about 9:35 a.m., Earle McLaurine Jr., 52, of Cedar Brook Lane, Mocksville, was driving a Nissan SUV at a speed in excess of 100 mph through downtown Mocksville during a severe thunderstorm.

McLaurine’s vehicle entered the intersection at North/South Main streets and Lexington Road and barely clipped a tractor trailer, Dixson reported. It then hit squarely on the driver’s door to Nance’s vehicle. He was killed on impact, the trooper said.

Vehicles ended up in the parking lot of the Grubb Building, damaging a parked vehicle and other property.

McLaurine was charged with driving while license revoked, DWI and felony death by motor vehicle, a charge which may be upgraded, Dixson said.

Troopers Richmond and White were the lead investigators, aided by the Davie County Sheriff’s Office and the Mocksville and Cornatzer-Dulin fire departments.