On Kingman Street in Taunton on Wednesday, the scene of a deadly crash that killed Lori Ann Medeiros, a Middleboro mother of two, Charles Emerson left flowers for a woman he never met.
“I’m here to pay respects to the poor lady that got killed here,” Emerson said.
Hector Bannister-Sanchez of Medford is charged with manslaughter and motor vehicle violations for the crash that killed Medeiros.
Authorities say it all started Monday afternoon at about two, when members of the Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Task Force, investigating Bannister-Sanchez for a suspected drug deal, tried to pull him over in Middleboro.
State Police say investigators first approached Bannister-Sanchez on foot, but he got into his vehicle and accelerated across the front lawn, striking the front porch steps and nearly hit a trooper on foot.
Then Bannister-Sanchez, State Police say, sped away down Main Street.
And police quickly lost sight of him.
In court on Tuesday, a prosecutor said state police never chased Bannister-Sanchez.
“They did not engage in a pursuit of this vehicle. Because there was a court-authorized GPS affixed to it,” the prosecutor said in court on Tuesday.
The prosecutor said data from the GPS later showed Bannister-Sanchez hitting speeds of over 100 miles an hour.
Authorities say Sanchez, who has a history of drug dealing arrests and convictions was arrested trying to get away on foot, carrying a bag with $20,000 in cash.
Online, people are paying tribute to Lori Ann Medeiros.
One of them wrote that Lori was an active member and Board member of the South Shore Women’s Business Network. “She was very well-respected and liked for her warmth, generosity and intellect. This is a horrible tragedy,” the person wrote.
Hector Bannister-Sanchez’ bail on another open drug case is revoked.
He is currently held without bail in this new case.
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