A four-year-old pedestrian has been injured after he was struck by a Statesville Police patrol vehicle.
The incident occurred at about 8:30 last night (November 7) at the intersection of South Center Street (N.C. 115) at East Broad Street. The vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Charger, was traveling west on East Broad Street when it stopped for a red light at the intersection.
The child was standing at a marked crosswalk on the southwest corner of the intersection while waiting to cross South Center Street. When the traffic light turned green, the patrol vehicle turned left onto South Center Street as the child began to cross the street. The patrol vehicle struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk. It's not clear if the child was accompanied by an adult.
According to a spokesperson for the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the child's injuries are minor. The patrol vehicle was driven by Officer A.E. Kestler, who was not injured. Iredell County E.M.S. responded to the scene. It's not clear if the child was taken to the hospital by E.M.S. or by a private vehicle.
The Highway Patrol says Officer Kestler was on-duty and was responding to a call, but did not have a siren or blue lights activated at the time of the accident. The patrol vehicle was traveling below the speed limit.
Preliminary police reports indicate that the Officer failed to yield the right-of-way. Investigating Troopers will consult with the Iredell Co. District Attorney’s office with regard to any possible charges.