Judge denies bond reduction for woman accused of wreck that killed daughter

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County judge has denied bond reduction for a mother accused of driving while impaired in a wreck that killed her 6-year-old daughter.

Amber Sandvig and her lawyer went before the judge Wednesday morning to request that her bond be reduced to $100,000, according to District Attorney Scott Thomas. But the judge called Sandvig a "danger to society" and decided her bond will remain at $2 million.

Sandvig is charged with DWI, one count of felony death by motor vehicle, three counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, and two counts of felony child abuse.

According to the Highway Patrol, Sandvig was driving while impaired when she crashed her car head-in into an SUV on Brices Creek Road in Craven County on Feb. 22, 2013. Sandvig's 6-year-old daughter, Alanna, died in the wreck. Her then 2-year-old son, "Blaze," was injured.

The wife and husband in the SUV-- Julie and Mike Payne, of New Bern-- were also injured in the wreck. Both of Julie's legs were broken.

A toxicology report showed oxycodone was in Sandvig's system at the time of the crash. Investigators said they also found drug paraphernalia in her car and on her person.

According to Alan Garris, the father of Sandvig's children, the suspect has a history of prescription drug abuse. Sandvig was also charged with DWI in 2012 after an accident with her toddler son in the car.

In August 2013, Alan Garris' lawyers filed a lawsuit behalf of Alanna Garris' estate. The suit claims negligence on behalf of Amber, as well as her father, mother and doctor.

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