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Bristol County man held without bail on new murder charge concerning fatal crash that killed Lori Medeiros



A 34-year-old Norton and Medford man was arraigned in Fall River Superior Court today on new indictments charging him with Second Degree Murder and Reckless Motor Vehicle Homicide connected to the November 7, 2022 fatal crash on Kingman Road in Taunton which claimed the life of a 54-year-old Middleboro woman, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn announced.

Hector Bannister-Sanchez was ordered held without bail as a danger to the community after the arraignment.

During today’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Kaitlyn O’Leary told the court that the defendant was the target of a four-month long drug investigation leading up to the events of November 7th. Investigators had sought and obtained a court-authorized GPS for Bannister-Sanchez’s Toyota Highlander. On November 7, 2022, investigators intended to stop Bannister-Sanchez as part of the culmination of their investigation. After conducting surveillance of him traveling to his alleged stash house in Norton, they believed he was driving to complete a drug deal with a frequent customer in Middleboro. As investigators parked behind him and approached Bannister-Sanchez’s vehicle, they announced their presence as police and demanded that he show his hands. However, rather than stop, Bannister-Sanchez reportedly fled.

O’Leary told the court Bannister-Sanchez drove through a front yard, crashed into the property’s front landing, and forced a state trooper to get out of the way in order to avoid being hit. Despite not being chased by police, Bannister-Sanchez allegedly proceeded to drive at sustained and extremely high speeds as he fled through Middleboro, Lakeville, and ultimately into Taunton. The court-authorized GPS affixed to his vehicle showed him traveling at speeds as high as 101 MPH towards the beginning of his flight and 84.3 MPH as he approached the turn onto Kingman Street in Taunton, where the crash occurred.

O’Leary noted that witnesses observed Bannister-Sanchez driving at dangerous and excessive speeds, crossing in and out of oncoming traffic as he did so, and forcing other vehicles on the road out of the way in order to avoid getting hit. He traveled at these high speeds on routes that were at times densely populated with other vehicles traveling them, and that were lined with residences, businesses, and at least one school. His vehicle eventually crashed into a red Ford Fusion, being operated by Lori Medeiros. Data obtained pursuant to a search warrant from the Event Data Recorder of the defendant’s Toyota Highlander revealed that approximately five seconds prior to impact, Bannister-Sanchez was driving 101 miles per hour on a street where the unposted speed limit is 35 MPH.

Lori Medeiros was trapped inside the Ford Fusion and was ultimately taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton, where she was pronounced deceased. After Bannister-Sanchez collided into Lori Medeiros’ vehicle, the witness who had been driving behind her saw the operator and sole occupant of the Highlander, who she described as a black male, approximately in his 30s with dreads or braids, grab a black backpack from inside the Highlander and take off running away from the direction of the crash site. He fled on foot from the crash. but was apprehended a short time later on South Precinct Street.

O’Leary informed the court that the backpack Bannister-Sanchez grabbed from the Highlander contained $16,350 in cash and that Bannister-Sanchez’s wallet and cellphones were found in the Highlander.

According to the Bristol County DA’s Office, Bannister-Sanchez was out on bail for a superior court drug trafficking case and on probation for other drug offenses at the time of the crash.

Bannister-Sanchez is due back in court for a pretrial conference on February 22.



  1. Tonto

    January 11, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Bring back the death penalty

  2. Deb

    January 12, 2023 at 10:33 am

    This is what the libs want! If he were locked up on the previous charges he wouldn’t have been able to kill this innocen beautiful woman! More rights for the criminals than victims

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