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Funeral Arrangements For Girl Killed In Crash Where Mom Is Charged With DWI

Funeral arrangements have now been made for the young girl who died in an accident where authorities have charged her mother with DWI.

Amber Sandvig of Craven County is charged in last Friday's crash that killed her 6-year-old daughter Alanna.

Amber's brother posted on WITN.COM that visitation for Alanna will be Monday, March 4th at the Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be the following Tuesday at the church at 11:00 a.m.

Troopers say Amber was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the crash.

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Amber Sandvig, the Craven County woman charged with DWI in a Friday crash that killed her 6-year-old daughter, was awaiting an operation Tuesday to repair a hip injury she suffered in the crash. That's according to her father Michael Sandvig. He also says Amber's 2-year-old son Blaze is recovering rapidly. Both are still in the hospital. Amber's daughter Alanna died in the wreck.

Troopers say Amber was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the crash Friday.


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The Highway Patrol met with the district attorney on Monday to see if additional charges are appropriate against a mother charged in a deadly DWI crash that killed her daughter.

Amber Sandvig is charged with driving while impaired after Friday's crash that claimed the life of her six year old daughter, Alanna and injured her two year old son.

Sandvig's father, Michael Sandvig, says his daughter has a broken hip and two broken ankles from the accident that happened on Brices Creek Road, outside of New Bern. Sandvig says his grandson, Allan Garris, whom the family calls Blaze, also has a broken hip but is expected to be released from the hospital later today.

Highway Patrol says that Amber Sandvig is also facing left of center and child restraint charges. 1st Sgt. Kevin Rock says the 6-year-old was not in a child safety seat, as required by law.

Alanna was in the first grade at Brinson Memorial Elementary School in New Bern where additional counselors were on hand for students and teachers.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says he will wait for the SBI lab report and the completed Highway Patrol report to determine whether additional charges will be filed.

This is not the first run-in with the law for the 24-year-old Sandvig. Court records show she has pending charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, another DWI, and misdemeanor child abuse.


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Family members say that Amber Sandvig is in stable condition following the Friday afternoon accident that claimed the life of the woman's 6-year-old daughter.

WITN spoke with the victim's father, Mike Sandvig, via Facebook. He says that his daughter is in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center, and that a series of operations will be taking place when she is strong enough. Sandvig's grandson, Allan Garris has an injury to the hip and is said to be doing fine.

Sandvig's 6-year-old granddaughter, Alanna, was killed as a result of the accident that happened Friday afternoon.

Highway Patrol says that Amber Sandvig is facing DWI, left of center and child restraint charges.

Julie Payne, the driver of the Escalade, is said by Vidant officials to be in good condition.

This is not the first run-in with the law for Sandvig. Court records show she has pending charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, another DWI, and misdemeanor child abuse.


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The Highway Patrol says a mother in the east is facing a DWI charge following an accident that killed her 6-year-old daughter.

Highway Patrol out of New Bern says that 24-year-old Amber Sandvig will be charged with driving while intoxicated. Officials say that Sandvig’s daughter, 6-year-old Alanna Garris, died at the hospital following the Friday accident. Troopers say that Sandvig was driving her passenger car south on Brices Creek Road near Marion Drive in New Bern just after 4 p.m., when she went left of center and struck an Escalade head on driven by 25-year-old Julie Payne.

Both Amber Sandvig and Julie Payne were airlifted by Pedro to Vidant Medical Center for their injuries.

Sandvig’s son, 2-year-old Allan Garris, was also injured in the accident. Garris and 32-year-old Michael Payne, who was a passenger injured in the Escalade were taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Troopers say that Sandvig is also facing left of center and child restraint charges as well.


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