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Man Killed, Son Hurt in Wendell Car Crash

Posted July 2, 2007

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— A 74-year-old man died following a one-car crash Monday afternoon and his 53-year-old son was seriously hurt, Wendell police said.

Officers identified the victim as James Vern Banister of Zebulon, who they said was driving the 1991 Nissan Pathfinder that ran off the left side of East Haywood Street and smashed into a tree about 4:45 p.m.

His son, James Scott Bannister of Zebulon, was a passenger and was seriously hurt, police reported.

Eastern Wake EMS took both men to WakeMed, police Chief J.A. Privette said.

The car was coming to the intersection of Haywood and South Pine Street when the elder Bannister lost control "due to a medical condition," Privette said. The car accelerated, went off the road, struck a mailbox and then hit the tree.


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  • none123 Jul 3, 2007

    James Bannister sits in front of me at church every Sunday. He was a good guy and always had something nice to say. He will be missed.

  • -info- Jul 3, 2007

    Arbi..your comment is inappropiate but telling...bet you are in the age range between self importance and obnoxious...few have a choice to drive..mass transportation isnt offered in small towns if you havent noticed and alot of us are lucky enough not to live in major cities where we can be killed by drive bys instead of heart attacks or a stroke....my prayers to the family and the community who knew him.....

  • PikeMom Jul 3, 2007

    Medical conditions can happen at any age.The 38 yr old who just drowned in his lifelong fishing spot,had a Massive Heart Attack.
    Hope the son get's better soon.

  • meh_whatever Jul 3, 2007

    Very sad. :(

  • Arbi Jul 3, 2007

    Yes it is sad. someday maybe we will realize there are to many too young and too old drivers on the road.

  • heelzlover Jul 3, 2007

    this is so scary for me because my dad still drives and he is almost 73....

  • Luddite Jul 2, 2007

    May god rest his soul.

  • Just One Opinion Jul 2, 2007

    Very Sad. Wish the best for the family.

  • no screen name Jul 2, 2007

    Feel sorry for the family