Restaurant could lose liquor license after deadly crash


A restaurant in North Carolina could get its liquor license yanked for several days for serving a man 17 shots of liquor in a four-hour span before he crashed his car and plunged 70 feet off a bridge to his death.

Robert Kite, 48, was downing shots at the Wild Wing Café on Ayrsley Town Boulevard in Charlotte in September before getting into his SUV and crashing his vehicle on the Interstate 485 flyover bridge and falling some 70 feet below onto Interstate 77, WSOC reports.

Kite, a father of six, died instantly. Just hours earlier, Kite had been putting back a shot of booze just about every 15 minutes for four hours, WBTV reports.

A toxicology report cited by the station indicated that Kite’s SUV vaulted off the I-485 bridge before landing on the interstate below. His blood-alcohol content level at the time was 0.24, which is three times the legal limit to drive.

Michael Crowley, chief of Mecklenburg County’s Alcohol Beverage Control, told WSOC that the restaurant violated state law by knowingly serving him that much alcohol within that timeframe.

The restaurant has since accepted a settlement agreement indicating that it will lose its liquor license for 10 days or pay a $1,000 fine. The agency will vote Wednesday to approve that agreement.

Crowley said seven restaurants in the county have allegedly over-served customers.

“There’s a lot more in Charlotte,” Crowley told WSOC. “It’s growing.”

Managers at the restaurant declined to comment on Tuesday. Calls seeking additional comment from Wild Wing Café’s corporate offices in Charlotte were not immediately returned.


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