Woman arrested again after bonding out last month for wreck that killed 8-year-old boy

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A woman arrested and charged with vehicular homicide just last month for a wreck that killed an 8-year-old boy is back in jail.  Latonya Denise Haley, 31, was arrested again Thursday morning.

A patrol officer pulled her over on Pulaski Pike just after midnight.

"The driver was asked to submit to a field sobriety test, which she refused, and the driver was arrested," said Lt. Jeffrey Rice, the special operations commander for Huntsville Police.

"She got the maximum bonds on each of her cases," explains Madison County assistant district attorney Shauna Barnett. "So if she can make bond, she's free until she does something else that brings her to our attention."

Something else -- like getting a new DUI. The Madison County District Attorney's Office is filing a motion to keep Haley from bonding out again after she violated the terms of her initial bond.

"Especially when someone is doing the same behavior that led to the death of a child, we're definitely going to take that to the next level whenever we can," said Barnett.

Haley's driving record reveals she did not have a valid driver's license when she was stopped Wednesday night -- or at the time of the fatal accident in September.

"It's our goal that she not be out on the street at all, with no opportunity to hurt anybody else," said Barnett.

Haley is accused of hitting three children at Highway 72 East and North Park Drive the night of September 14. Huntsville Police say the children were walking along the side of Highway 72 with an adult when Haley veered off the road in her SUV and hit them. Haley left the scene, police say.

They arrested her the next day. She posted $60,000 bond two days later and was released.

The boy, 8-year-old Weixi Zhang, died. He was a 3rd grader at the Academy for Science and Foreign Language. His family runs Meteor Buffet on North Memorial Parkway.

Zhang's sisters, ages 10 and 13, were critically hurt. The adult with them was not injured.

"We understand the outrage," said Barnett. "We're outraged as well. That's why this morning, as soon as we found out what was going on, the mechanism started working."

Haley's new charges include DUI, speeding, driving without a license and failure to have registration and insurance. She was booked in the Madison County Metro Jail at 1:03 a.m.

Latonya Haley has other past arrests on her record as well.

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