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Lexington woman facing additional charges in deadly DWI crash, defense attorney says

Amber Whitaker is back in custody under a half-million-dollar bond according to a defense attorney.

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Editor's Note: The video in this article is from a previous story about a lawyer explaining Whitaker's initial $500 bond. 

The Lexington woman charged in a deadly DWI crash is now back in custody and will be facing additional charges in the incident that killed an 8-year-old child.

An 8-year-old child died two days after police said Amber Whitaker crashed into the back of an NCDOT truck on Fairview Drive Tuesday in Lexington.

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Police said Whitaker was driving the car and four children were inside. A 3-year-old child is still in the hospital in critical condition. 

Whitaker was originally released under a $500 bond but now authorities said she is back in custody under a $500,000 bond and is facing new charges including felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury.

During the time of the crash, police said Whitaker admitted to taking 200 milligrams of methadone, had a slow and slurred speech, and was nodding off during questioning. Officers also found Xanax in the car.  

Whitaker's next court date is set for July 28.  

This investigation is ongoing. 

This incident remains an open investigation. Anyone with information about this case, please call the Lexington Police Department at (336) 243-3302 or Lexington Area Crime Stoppers (336) 243-2400.

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