Mother remembers son who died in dirt bike accident in Newport News


NEWPORT NEWS, Va (WAVY) — A mother of a man killed over Memorial Day weekend says her son died doing what he loved.

On Saturday, 36-year-old James Laughlin, of Newport News, died after he was involved in a wreck after 11 p.m., according to Newport News police. 

The accident occurred near the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and City Center Boulevard. 

“He was a good person, he was a really good person,” said his mother Manuela Laughlin. “I know he is in heaven. I know he is there.”

Manuela Laughlin, who also lives in Newport News, told 10 On Your Side that her son had recently acquired the dirt bike involved in the accident.

“He loved motorcycles, he loved race cars, he loved everything that was fast,” she said. “I just want everybody who rides motorcycles to really think twice before they drive in it.”

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