Daughter of San Antonio car dealer Ken Batchelor going to trial this spring over fatal car wreck

Kendall Lauren Batchelor, 23, is accused of driving the wrong way down State Highway 46 while intoxicated, resulting in a fatal collision.

click to enlarge Boerne resident Kennedy Jones took this photo after Kendall Lauren Batchelor allegedly hit her vehicle in December 2021. - Kennedy Jones
Kennedy Jones
Boerne resident Kennedy Jones took this photo after Kendall Lauren Batchelor allegedly hit her vehicle in December 2021.
The daughter of Ken Batchelor, founder of Ken Batchelor Cadillac, is set to stand trial in March on a charge of intoxication manslaughter, KSAT reports.

Kendall Lauren Batchelor, 23, is accused of driving the wrong way down State Highway 46 outside of Boerne on June 2 when her Ford F-150 struck a sedan driven by 49-year-old David Belter, killing him.

Batchelor was taken to San Antonio’s University Hospital, where her blood alcohol level registered .116 – more than double the legal driving limit, according to the Boerne Star. In a urine sample, Bachelor also tested positive for cannabinoids, opiates, and amphetamines, the paper also reports. 

Batchelor was initially booked into the Bexar County Jail via proxy from her hospital bed in June. She was transferred to jail upon her medical release, the Star reports. Although the judge’s warrant was marked “no bond,” a Bexar County magistrate judge released Batchelor on $120,000 bail, according to the paper.

She was arrested two weeks after being mistakenly released on bond after missing six testing windows from Jun. 21-22 for an in-home breathalyzer system, the Star also reports.

Batchelor was indicted on an intoxication manslaughter charge in Kendall County on Aug. 16, according to KSAT. Her trial is now set to start Mar. 27, pending a pretrial hearing  on Mar. 10.

Past incidents

The June incident isn't the first time Batchelor has had run-ins with the law.

As previously reported by the Current, Boerne police accused Batchelor of hitting two parked cars outside an apartment complex in that Hill Country town and fleeing the scene in December 2021. Although the initial paperwork filed by Boerne officer Amy Breedlove recommended DWI charges be filed against Batchelor, according to police reports, those charges never came to fruition.

When contacted by the Current, Kendall County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Robert Lipo Jr. and Boerne PD Detective Micah Binkley, who was assigned the case, declined to comment on why authorities didn't pursue DWI charges.

In 2018, Batchelor, who was 18 at the time, was also charged with a DWI in Kendall County, according to court records obtained by the Current. Those charges came less than a month after the then-teenager was charged with possessing alcohol while underage in Brazos County.

Batchelor later pleaded guilty to the 2018 DWI charge. She was ordered to pay a $500 fine and was sentenced to nine months of supervised release.

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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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