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New charge filed in Thanksgiving Day crash in Fayetteville

Posted November 29, 2012

— Police said Thursday that they have filed another charge against a Spring Lake man in a crash last week that critically injured a Hope Mills man.

Jeremy Banaka, 23, of Waterway Drive, is charged with felony serious injury by motor vehicle in the Thanksgiving Day wreck. He was charged last week with driving while impaired.

Fayetteville police said Lavardis Whitman and Terekus Rogers were pushing Whitman's Chevrolet Cavalier to the side of the road near the intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Swain Street after the car broke down.

As they pushed the car onto Bragg Boulevard, Whitman and the car were hit by Banaka's 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, police said.

Whitman, 22, remained in critical condition Thursday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Rogers, 30, of Fayetteville, suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.

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