Accused hit-and-run driver out on bond, victim’s family plans funeral

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The woman police say was behind the wheel of a deadly hit-and-run accident Sunday is out on bond.

Eight-year-old Weixi Zhang died.  His two sisters ended up in the hospital.  Monday, police arrested LaTonya Denise Haley. Now she is out on a $60,000 bond.

"I was with the kids all night Sunday night, Monday morning," said Lowell Fincher. He says he is more family than friend to the Zhangs, and says the family is nowhere near normal but taking it one day at a time.

"They're better than yesterday. Yesterday was very trying, picking out a cemetery lot," said Fincher.

Customers have flocked to the Zhangs' restaurant, Meteor Buffet, to show support for the well-known people behind the family-oriented eatery.

"A lot of people calling wanting to do something for the family. They've got a lot of expenses right now."

So they set up a Zhang Family Fund, accessible at any Redstone Credit Union, to aid the hospital and funeral bills.

"Parents expect to outlive their children, and when a tragedy like this happens, it impacts hundreds of people," said Fincher.

Since the incident, a number of customers have added to a makeshift memorial at the site where Weixi and his siblings were hit, while the family grieves the loss of their son.

"There is always going to be some anger at the driver," said Fincher.

LaTonya Denise Haley bonded out Tuesday night -- formally charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene, and two counts of assault.

"I don't know how you can help not being upset about the fact that your child is dead and somebody went to jail and got out in two days on bond," said Fincher.

Berryhill Funeral Home is handling the boy's funeral, scheduled for Saturday morning.

The owner of the Best Wings, where LaTonya Haley worked, released this statement today.

"I, along with my team, offer condolences to the grieving family. It's our prayer God comforts them during this time and provides peace."

2 comments

  • B

    2 days and she’s out, ready to ruin more lives!? $60,000 bond for something like this is ridiculous. With a bail bondsman she’s out for $6000, or a property bond and it didn’t cost a thing. I don’t believe she deserved bail at all!

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