Officer charged after 4-year-old struck by police car in Statesville

4-year-old struck by police car in Statesville

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has charged a Statesville police officer after a 4-year-old boy was hit by a police car, suffering minor injuries last week.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, on Broad Street at Center Street.

Statesville police say an officer was heading to a suspicious activity and struck the child while turning onto Center Street. The child was in the crosswalk at the time, police say.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, troopers have charged Statesville Police Officer A.E. Kestler with failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.

The boy’s mother told WBTV that she was standing approximately one foot behind her son when he was struck. She said he was knocked to the ground, but then immediately got up.

The mother took her son to the hospital where he was checked out and released. The boy was seen Friday playing in the yard by a WBTV reporter. He did receive minor injuries, according to his mother and to investigators.

The mother said she couldn’t understand why the officer didn’t stop when she, her son, and another man were all in the crosswalk at the time. She added that she wants the officer to know that her son is okay.

The officer is on administrative duty with pay as the investigation continues.

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