Woman charged in fatal FedEx crash gets lowered bond

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The woman charged with the fatal car crash that killed a FedEx driver in Detroit received a lower bond while she awaits possible trial on the charges in the case, the office announced Thursday.

The bond for Myah Batts, a 26-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods resident, was lowered from $500,000 cash to $100,000, 10 percent. As part of the condition of the bond, Batts will be under house arrest, not be allowed to drive and will have to wear an alcohol tether.

“I’m going to have her under house arrest, meaning she can’t go anywhere. Her home is her jail,” said 36th District Judge Kenneth King said Batts’ probable cause conference Thursday.

The lower bond was given to Batts over objections from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the spokesman for the office said in a press release Thursday.

Batts is facing a murder charge in connection with the fatal crash that killed FedEx driver Rodrick Motley, 48, Feb. 7 on Detroit’s east side on Newport and Chandler Park. Authorities say the impact of the collision forced Motley’s vehicle onto a grassy median, ejecting him from the vehicle. Motley was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Batts, who allegedly was driving on a suspended license, is charged with second-degree murder, operating while impaired causing death, driving with a suspended license causing death and reckless driving causing death.

Batts is scheduled for a preliminary examination on the charges 11 a.m. March 15 before 36th District Judge Deborah Langston.

(313) 222-2027