Trial begins for Huntsville woman charged in deadly hit-and-run

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The trial began Monday for a Huntsville woman connected to a deadly hit-and-run. Latonya Haley, 33, is charged with manslaughter in the 2014 crash that killed 8-year-old Weixi Zhang and critically injured his two sisters.

Jury selection took place in Judge James Smith's courtroom at the Madison County Courthouse Monday morning, with the trial slated to continue Tuesday.

Haley is also charged with two counts of first-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident with an injury in connection to the September 2014 crash.

Huntsville Police say the three children were walking home along U.S. Highway 72 with two adult relatives from their family's restaurant that night when an SUV jumped the curb and hit the children before leaving the scene. Investigators traced the vehicle to Haley and she was arrested the next day. She was released two days later on a $60,000 bond.

Officials arrested Haley again one month after the fatal hit-and-run and charged her with DUI, speeding and driving with a suspended license. A judge then revoked her bond.

Haley has remained in the Madison County Jail.

The family of Zhang also filed a civil lawsuit against Haley. The suit names seven other defendants. It is scheduled to go to trial in late November.