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Charlotte restaurant accused of serving man 17 shots before deadly crash

Fatal crash (WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte restaurant is accused of serving a man 17 shots of liquor before he crashed his vehicle on a bridge and plunged 70 feet onto an interstate in September, according to WSOC.

Robert Kite, 48, was allegedly speeding when his SUV slammed into the concrete wall and launched over the Interstate 77 bridge. The man died instantly.

Investigators say he consumed the shots within four hours at the Wild Wing Café on Ayrsley Town Boulevard.

“It’s against the law in North Carolina to knowingly sell to an intoxicated patron,” said Michael Crowley, chief of Mecklenburg County Alcohol Beveral Control.

State officials said Wild Wing Cafe has signed a settlement agreement that says the restaurant will lose its liquor license for 10 days or pay a $1,000 fine.

The ABC Commission will vote Wednesday to ratify that agreement.

Wild Wing Café released the following statement:

“This is a tragic incident, and our heartfelt thoughts continue to remain with the Kite family. At Wild Wing Cafe, we always strive to create a safe environment where friends and family come together to listen to live music and enjoy good food.

“We would like to clarify a few reports that have been published and reported on news and media outlets. On September 18, Mr. Kite was with a group of several people at our restaurant for multiple hours. The alleged violation from the ABC Commission suggests that one person received 17 shots. This is inaccurate as the drinks were consumed by the group and were simply on one bill.

“This tragic incident has had a lasting impact on the entire Wild Wing Cafe family.  The safety of our guests is at the heart of our business and our culture, and we strive to ensure that every day.”