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Duplin boy, 6, dies in go-cart crash

Posted October 26, 2011

— Authorities said Wednesday that they are investigating the death Tuesday afternoon of a 6-year-old Duplin County boy on a go-cart.

Canyon River Hatcher was crossing a road off N.C. Highway 111 in Chinquapin at about 4 p.m. when his go-cart was struck by a 2007 Honda minivan driven by Tina Cavenaugh Batts, authorities said.

Authorities said the boy was riding beside his older brother, who was driving a four-wheeler, and apparently didn't see the oncoming vehicle.


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  • oldrwizr Oct 26, 2011

    Six is a wee bit young to be driving anything across a country highway. This poor woman will bear the weight of this tragedy on her shoulders the rest of her life.

  • sabby06 Oct 26, 2011

    I'm from Duplin County. I heard about this on Facebook last night when it was flooded with all of the prayers and requests for other people to pray. It absolutely breaks my heart that this happened. I have a little girl that's 6. I couldn't imagine losing her. I hope that posters will have some common decency and not start blaming the parents or the driver. It was an accident. Plain and simple. In Duplin County, its more common than not to see a small child on a go cart or 4 wheeler. Most of us were raised riding the things, in fields, yards and on the roads.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 26, 2011

    Wow, 6 and riding a Go-Cart....that's where the issue lies. That's too young. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • boingc Oct 26, 2011

    "Was it go-cart or four-wheeler, they're not interchangeable."

    Both. The boy who died was on a go-cart, his brother was on a four-wheeler.

  • PJM Oct 26, 2011

    Prayers to the family!and Driver.... They are a close group in duplin co. Im sure the family is getting all their support.

  • carolinarox Oct 26, 2011

    Was it go-cart or four-wheeler, they're not interchangeable.

  • Legally Here Oct 26, 2011

    prayers to everyone involved, so sad I have a 6yo myself and cant possibly imagine

  • dae66 Oct 26, 2011

    Oh my gosh.. six years old and crossing a road???? God bless his family.

  • lakeyk1 Oct 26, 2011

    What a tragic accident that took the life of this young 6 yr. old boy out having innocent fun with his older brother. My heart and my prayers are for the older brother that saw his little brothers life being taken and the suffering pain that this family will endure for years. I am sure the driver, Tina Batts, will have an equally painful reminder everyday the rest of her life. God Bless this family and Ms. Batts. lakeyk1

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 26, 2011

    This is terrible, so sad that we hear of something like this every few years.