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Driver pushing car critically injured

Friday, November 23, 2012

Police said Friday that a driver hit while pushing his disabled car early Thanksgiving morning is not dead - contrary to initial reports.

Investigators had sent out a news release Thursday titled "fatality," but said Friday that 22-year-old Lavardis Whitman was actually at Cape Fear Medical Center in critical condition.

Police said Whitman was hurt while pushing a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier with another man around 12:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning in the area of Bragg Boulevard and Swain Street.

As the Cavalier entered Bragg Boulevard, it was hit by a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 23-year-old Jeremy Banaka.

Banaka, of the 100 block of Waterway Drive, Spring Lake, was charged with DWI.

The other man pushing the car - 30-year-old Terekus Rogers of Fayetteville - was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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