DISTRICT ATTORNEY: No Charges In Deadly Go-Cart Crash

The district attorney says there will be no charges brought in a go-cart accident that claimed the life of a 6-year-old Duplin County boy.

Canyon Hatcher was killed Tuesday when he was hit by van while riding his go-cart on his Duplin County road. He died shortly after the accident.

District Attorney Ernie Lee tells WITN News that he met with state troopers this afternoon to review the accident.

The secretary at Chinquapin Elementary School, where the boy was in kindergarten, was driving the vehicle that struck the go-cart.

Canyon's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Wallace Church of God in Teachey.


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Flags at a Duplin County elementary school are at half-staff, in honor of a student who was killed last night.

The Highway Patrol says 6-year-old Canyon Hatcher was killed when a woman who lived in his neighborhood, Tina Batts, hit his go-cart with her Honda Odyssey van.

Troopers say he darted across the road in front of her van as he tried to get to his grandparents home. The Highway Patrol says the child lived on Ludie Brown Road in Chinqupin and that's where the wreck occurred.

Troopers say a paramedic arrived seconds after the crash, even before an ambulance, but the child died about 10 minutes after he got to the hospital.

This morning flags outside Chinquapin Elementary School were lowered to honor the child.

Batts, who is a secretary at the school, has not been charged.


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A young child has died in a go-cart accident in Duplin County.

The Highway Patrol says the accident happened on Ludie Brown Road around 4:00 p.m. in the Chinquapin area. They say a 6 year old was on the go-cart which was struck by a vehicle.

The child was a student at Chinquapin Elementary School, while the Highway Patrol says the driver of the car is a secretary at that school.

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  • by T. Location: Chinquapin/Beulaville on Oct 29, 2011 at 11:04 PM
    I hope that both families can eventually find peace. I have close PERSONAL ties to both families and cannot imagine the pain theyre feeling inside. My heart goes out to both parties.
  • by Paula Location: Greenville on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Larry I am from duplin county I dont know the people personally but we are Kin to each other I dont know but I do know the kid could have been walking and darted on the road and got hit things happen its sad and the parents and Mrs Batts will live with this feeling forever
  • by Larry Location: Beulaville on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    Thanks, Paula for telling Charles like it is this is no time for blame. A family is in grieving and a precious child is no longer with us. Charles I am sure with your comments you have lived a life mistake free. It must be great to go through life being perfect Charles.
  • by Paula Location: greenville Nc on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Hey Charles did your mother and father ever by you a bicycle???? As I agree with you that a child that age should not have a go cart or fourwheeler I disagree with you battering the parents who love this little boy as parents we all make mistakes how would you have felt if your child or grandchildren darted across the road before you could reach out to stop then and then they got hit and everyone blamed you quit judging it dosent do anyone any good a life is lost
  • by Charles Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    I am very sad that a young boy of 6 has lost his life because of uneducated parents. What were the parents thinking to purchase a vehicle like this and then loss a young boy. So sad. So the answer from the majority of our wonder full people of greenville is pray. Yes that is good but we need to pray for the parents because they have very little understanding of what they did. I thank god my parents had better sense and would never never purchase a go cart for a child. I hope the rest of you get the message on this.
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      by bs on Oct 28, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to Charles
      Go back to your closet and leave the computer outside, it might malfuntion and electrocute you. I hate it for people like you that where sheltered from the world by over protective parents, you have a very little experiences in what the rest of us call life.
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        by Melissa on Oct 29, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to bs
        It's being OVER protective NOT to let a 6-year-old drive a motorized vehicle??? Wow. I guess I just don't understand the country culture of giving small children vehicles (and guns) and then beaming with pride as they use them.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to Charles
      Charles,I think you are uneducated to write such a hateful comment at a time like this...I hope you get the message...this was a accident!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 01:30 PM in reply to
        What about his statement that a go-cart is inappropriate for a kindergarten child is uneducated? I actually think it is illegal for one this young to operate a vehicle like this. It was an accident, but one that never should have happened.
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        by Me on Oct 29, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to
        Charles' point of view is the only reasonable and rational one up here. It's the opposite side of this discussion that is the "uneducated" one.
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          by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:38 PM in reply to Me
          A family is grieving...This is really not the time and place to act this way...Have a Heart!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM in reply to Charles
      I side with Charles... A kindergarten child has no business operating a go-cart alone.
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        by Paula on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:04 PM in reply to
        As I agree with everyone that a child this age should not have a go cart way of life in Duplin is just diffrent if it was so illegal dont you think someone would be charged further more the whole story isnt about mother and father gets go cart for 6 yr old the article is a little boy got hit and died ummm last I checked he could have done this by walking or darting out from his mothers hands the go cart did not kill him , he pulled out in front of a car just like he could have rode a bike in front of one or ran away from his mother and she not get to him .. really people hasnt the woman and father suffered already without people being so judgmental
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      by law on Oct 29, 2011 at 07:19 PM in reply to Charles
      I bet you weren't thankful as a child that your parents didn't buy you a go cart. I dare say you'd have been thrilled if you'd had one. Get a life! An innocent child is gone and now is NOT the time to throw stones. Prayers for all involved.
  • by James on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    God bless this women for the pain she must feel.
  • by Alesia Smith Location: Deep Run N.C. on Oct 27, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    Oh GOD, My prayer tonight is that you would envelope the families that have been touched by the loss of this child.
  • by Todd Location: 7 springs on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    God bless all involved so sad
  • by laura Location: greenville on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    :(
  • by Tracy Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    My heart goes out to everyone involved. I cannot imagine loosing my little grandson. I am so very sorry. Just keep your faith and praying to God to ease your pain. No one is to blame at all. Rest in peace sweet one.
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