Statesville Police Officer charged in crash involving 4-year-old pedestrian



After consulting with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office, the NC State Highway Patrol has charged Statesville Police Officer A.E. Kestler with Failing to Yield the Right of Way to a Pedestrian in reference to a collision on 7 November 2019.


NEWTON – On Thursday, 7 November 2019, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and is investigating an injury collision in Iredell County on NC 115 (South Center Street) at East Broad Street. A 2010 Dodge Charger, owned by the Statesville Police Department, was traveling west on East Broad Street and stopped for the red traffic signal at the intersection of NC 115. A pedestrian was stopped at a marked crosswalk on the southwest corner of the intersection while waiting to cross NC 115. Once the traffic light changed to green, the Dodge turned left onto NC 115 as the pedestrian had begun to travel across NC 115. The vehicle collided with the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

The driver, Officer A.E. Kestler, was not injured. The report indicates a contributing circumstance of failing to yield the right of way. The pedestrian, Bowman Harbin, 4, of Statesville, was injured. Iredell County EMS responded to the scene.

Investigating troopers will be consulting with the Iredell County District Attorney’s office concerning any charges.

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Author: WSIC editor