Marcus Green, 51, of Thermal, the driver of a car that went over the side of Highway 74 in May and resulted in the death of a 5-month-old child, had his request for a bail reduction denied.

At the June 29 bail review hearing, Green’s attorney, David Greenberg, brought four witnesses and 17 written statements from family and friends. They all sympathized with Green, lamenting the tragic incident. The writers attested to his devotion to family since being released from jail nearly four years ago.

Armani Green, the child who died in the crash, was the daughter of Green and Kristen Lauer, 22, of Rancho Mirage.

He was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, willful harm of a child and infliction of great bodily harm.

Green’s bail is $1.86 million and his attorney was trying to get a reduction. After hearing the witnesses and reading the character statements, Judge Alfonso Fernandez denied the motion and the bail remains as before.

The next felony settlement conference is scheduled for Aug. 9.

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