Crime & Courts

CMPD cites neither driver in Cam Newton’s crash

Neither driver has been cited in Tuesday’s two-vehicle crash that left Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton hospitalized, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report released Wednesday.

The report lists the driver of the other vehicle as Nestor Pellot Jr., 46.

The collision report does not assign blame to either driver in the crash. But it lists two witnesses who said Pellot’s car appeared to pull out in front of Newton’s truck.

The police report said Newton was driving 35 mph in a 35 mph zone, and that Pellot was driving 20 mph at the time of impact.

Newton and Pellot were injured in the crash, reported shortly before 12:30 p.m. on South Church Street at Hill Street in uptown Charlotte. Newton suffered two fractured bones in his lower back and was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center. He was released late Wednesday morning.

Pellot was taken by Medic to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Robin Baltimore, a spokeswoman for Novant Health, said Pellot was treated and released.

Contacted at his house Wednesday, Pellot shook his head no when asked if he would talk about the crash. Asked how he was doing, he said, “Thank you for coming by” and shut the door.

The crash report shows Newton’s 1998 Dodge truck suffered about $9,000 damage. Pellot’s 2013 Buick suffered $4,000 damage.

According to police, Newton told them he was driving south on Church Street when Pellot’s vehicle pulled in front of him. Pellot told police he was attempting to cross Church Street, from Hill Street to the ramp to the John Belk Freeway, and “did not see vehicle 2 (Newton’s truck) approaching” on South Church Street.

The force of the collision caused Newton’s truck to overturn on the bridge over the John Belk Freeway.

Two separate witnesses – one of whom was driving behind Newton and the other behind Pellot – each told police that Pellot appeared to pull out in front of Newton’s truck.

Court records show each driver has been cited for speeding.

Newton was charged in 2012 with driving 57 mph in a 35 mph zone. That charge was waived by the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Courts after Newton paid a fine and court costs.

Pellot was charged in 1998 with driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. That charge was lowered to 64 mph in a 55 mph zone, and, as was the case with Newton’s citation, Pellot’s charge was waived by the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Courts after he paid a fine and court costs.

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