Friday, 15 November 2019 10:33

Charge Filed In Collision Involving Officer And Child

A charge has been filed against the Statesville police officer who reportedly struck a four-year-old pedestrian, resulting in injuries.

The incident occurred last Thursday, 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 were minor. The patrol vehicle was driven by Officer A.E. Kestler, who was not injured. After consulting with the Iredell County District Attorney's Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Kestler with failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.

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.

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