Police ID South Shore woman killed in crash with fugitive drug suspect


“She will be best remembered for her infectious laugh, her love of dancing and her love for her dog Toby.”

State Police have identified the woman killed in a Taunton crash that occurred Monday afternoon as a suspect in a narcotics investigation fled authorities.

Lori Ann Medeiros, 54, was fatally injured in the Kingman Street crash, police said.

According to an MSP press release, members of a state police narcotics task force were watching Hector Bannister-Sanchez, 34, as he allegedly picked up drugs from a hideout and turned himself in at the home of an alleged client in Middleborough.

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The Medford resident was said to have taken off when he saw soldiers approaching, crossing the lawn of the Middleborough house, hitting the porch steps and almost hitting a soldier who was on foot.

A preliminary reconstruction of the accident by state police determined that he was traveling at high speed and, unable to negotiate a right curve on Kingman Street, drove into the oncoming lane. Police say Medeiros tried to pull out of the way, but Bannister-Sanchez’s car collided with the front driver’s side and pushed his car into a utility pole.

Medeiros was taken to Morton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

After the crash, Bannister-Sanchez reportedly fled his car with a backpack, but bystanders and a soldier found him a short distance away and took him into custody. He was taken to Morton Hospital for examination, turned over to state police, and charged with manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide.

“She will be missed by thousands of people”

Medeiros, a resident of Middleborough, worked as a loan originator for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. According to her obituary, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Paul Medeiros; his children, Benjamin and Bethany; and his mother, Irene Silva.

“She will be missed by thousands of people,” Paul Medeiros told NBC 10.

“Her best days were spent in the kitchen cooking, drinking coffee and most importantly, spending quality time with family and friends,” according to Lori Ann Medeiros’ obituary. “She will be best remembered for her infectious laugh, her love of dancing and her love for her dog Toby.”

Medeiros was also an active member of the South Shore Businesswomen’s Network.

“Lori has brought her positive energy and big smile to all of our networking events and her real estate business,” the group wrote in a Facebook post. “She helped connect new members to our network, and we’ve never had a better ambassador. We will all miss her.”

Was there a chase?

Task force members and state police cruisers did not pursue Bannister-Sanchez after he fled, the agency said. Instead, the soldiers remotely tracked the car using a court-authorized GPS tracking device secretly attached to Bannister-Sanchez’s Toyota Highlander.

A task force member broadcast Bannister-Sanchez’s route as others drove in his direction, with no vehicle in sight and no active pursuit, state police said.

Witnesses reportedly saw Bannister-Sanchez speeding through Middleborough, Lakeville and Taunton. So did officers in Middleborough and Lakeville, who lost sight of the car and did not pursue it, according to state police.

Remote GPS tracking showed when Bannister-Sanchez’s car stopped moving on Kingman Street, near the intersection with Seekell Street.

Where is the investigation?

Bannister-Sanchez was the target of an investigation for trafficking cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine in southeast Massachusetts, state police said. He is awaiting trial on a previous drug charge at Raynham and was out on bail at the time of the accident, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported.

He is being held without bond following his appearance at Taunton District Court on Tuesday, and his bond in the Raynham case has been revoked, police say.

Later Monday, the narcotics task force obtained warrants to search properties associated with Bannister-Sanchez. At a site in Quincy, investigators found a large amount of cash and paperwork in Bannister-Sanchez’s name, police said.

In Norton, they allegedly seized suspected cocaine, suspected fentanyl and fentanyl pills, suspected methamphetamine pills, more cash, a firearm with a high capacity magazine with 11 rounds, packaging materials records, a drug log and notes, and more paperwork in Bannister-Sanchez’s Name.

Investigators have also located Jillian Haynes, 34, who is believed to be Bannister-Sanchez’s girlfriend and accomplice. She was arrested and charged with trafficking fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine; illegal possession of a firearm and large capacity feeder; and illegal possession of ammunition.

In total, investigators seized $88,298 in cash.

Bannister-Sanchez faced additional charges of trafficking cocaine over 200 grams, trafficking fentanyl over 10 grams, trafficking methamphetamine over 100 grams, possession of a firearm without a card firearm identification (FID), possession of ammunition without an FID card, and possession of a high capacity feed. device.

He is also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly trying to hit the soldier with his car outside the Middleborough home.

The Bristol County Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting the homicide, trafficking and firearms offenses, while the Plymouth County Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting the original motor vehicle offenses and the assault charge .

Bannister-Sanchez will be back in court on December 8, according to the Taunton Daily Gazette.


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