James Duck Charged with DUI in Fatal Wreck

James Michael DuckThe driver who fled the scene of a fatal car wreck near the intersection of Tugaloo Road and Highway 11 Monday night has been charged with felony DUI.  James Michael Duck, 25, of Lyman turned up at Greenville Memorial Hospital where his mother had taken him for medical attention early Tuesday.  He was arrested upon release by Greenville County deputies.

The victim of the wreck has been identified as Kandys Darlene Batson, 25, of Lyman.

Troopers said she was not wearing a seat belt. Batson was partially ejected and the Honda came to rest on her upper body, the coroner said. The medical examiner said she died from blunt force trauma to the chest.

James Duck was also not wearing a seat belt.  He is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center, and has been charged with driving under the influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

WYFF4 notes that records indicate Duck and Batson shared the same address. It is unclear if they were married, although sources confirmed Batson was married.

Update, Dec. 9, 2009: [Reader Holli confirms what one of our sources  says: Duck and Batson were cousins. Sometimes alcohol runs thicker than blood.]


4 Responses to “James Duck Charged with DUI in Fatal Wreck”

  1. Driver Sought in Fatal Greenville County Wreck : Greenville Dragnet on December 8th, 2009 2:43 pm

    [...] Update, December 8, 2009: [The driver, James Michael Duck, has been arrested and charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene.] [...]

  2. Holli on December 9th, 2009 11:39 am

    Kandys and Michael were cousins!

  3. Joe Friday, Greenville Dragnet on December 9th, 2009 1:00 pm

    Thank you, Holli. We have another source who confirms the same thing, and we have updated the article.

  4. Brooke Dill on August 17th, 2015 9:21 am

    My name is Brooke Williams Dill, I am Kandys Williams Batsons sister…she was killed in a car accident on December 9th, 2009 I have not been able to comment until now but it’s never too late…Kandys was not only my sister she was my best friend too. We we’re always together. On the other Hand James *Michael* Duck …was not only our cousin, my Momma raised him our whole lives. He lived with us and was living with Kandys when the accident happened. We looked at him as our brother our entire lives. Kandys and Michael we’re extremely close…the reason he left the “scene” is bc he went into shock after seeing only God knows how she looked like after the wreck…he tryed to pick the car up off of her. This was an accident and neither my Momma, Daddy, or any other member of our family ever blamed Michael for this tragedy. We will always miss Kandys but we also know that God needed her in Heaven for something greater than what she could do here on Earth. Thank you, Brooke Dill
    Sister of Kandys Darlene Williams Batson
    Cousin well “sister” of James Michael Duck
    I know I am a few years late on my comment but late is better that never!

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