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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