June 24, 2018
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UMaine football player didn’t know his license was suspended, mother says

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine student with a suspended driver’s license was charged Tuesday morning after his vehicle reportedly struck another student who was walking to class, university spokeswoman Jessica Bloch said.

Kendall James, 20, of Orono, a Black Bears football player, was driving on Beddington Road near Shibles Hall at about 7:40 a.m. when police say his vehicle struck fellow student and Brewer resident Andrea Nelson, who suffered minor injuries.

James took Nelson to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, his mother Pat James said in a Wednesday morning email.

“Kendall feels terrible, “ she said. “it was an accident.”

Nelson was treated at the hospital and released before noon, Bloch said.

James was charged by UMaine police Sgt. Bob Norman with driving with a suspended license.

“His right to operate in Maine was under suspension due to accumulated points,” Bloch said.

James, a native of Roselle, N.J., is a member of the University of Maine football team. The junior cornerback, who was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association third team in 2011, is the Black Bears’ seventh-leading tackler with 39.

He also has made two interceptions, including one that he returned 100 yards for a touchdown against Bryant University.

“He had no idea his license had been suspended nor did we,” his mother said. “His license in Nj is currently valid. We do not know why [Maine] is saying his license is suspended.” (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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