Driver charged with homicide makes bail

Rhonda Daley posts bond, returns to Craig

After voluntarily surrendering to the Colorado State Patrol Troop 4A of Grand Junction on May 12, Rhonda Daley, a.k.a. Rhonda Zimmerman, was released May 15 after posting $40,000 of a $100,000 bond.

Daley is suspected of driving a white 1995 Ford Aspire that was involved in the death of Laura Lee Buniger on May 5, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Daley faces charges of vehicular homicide, hit and run resulting in death, driving under the influence, failure to render aid and failure to notify police of a crash.

Vehicular homicide is a Class 3 felony with a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison and $750,000 fine. Hit and run resulting in death is a Class 4 felony with a maximum penalty of six years in prison and $500,000 fine.

Daley must return to Mesa County Court Tuesday for a formal filing of the charges, said a deputy clerk of the Mesa County Courthouse.

Mesa County clerks do not identify themselves as a matter of policy.

Daley will appear before Mesa County Judge Thomas Deister for the filing of the charges, and is not required to enter a plea at that time, the clerk said.

The conditions of Daley's bond restrict her from driving, consuming alcohol and from leaving the state. Daley also has a restraining order prohibiting her from approaching anyone involved in the case.

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