PLEASANTON — An arrest warrant was issued Friday evening for an Alameda County sheriff deputy’s wife accused of being intoxicated during a crash that killed a three-old San Ramon boy eight months ago.
Yarenit Malihan, 40, of Pleasanton was named in the warrant obtained jointly by the California Highway Patrol and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, and driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities announced.
Malihan was driving on Interstate 680 in San Ramon on Sept. 9 when her vehicle slammed into a car that had run out of gas and was pulled over on the shoulder of the freeway.
Elijah Dunn, 3, of San Ramon, was a passenger in the car when it was struck, and he died of his injuries.
Authorities did not say why they waited until now to formally charge Malihan, who has a history of legal problems concerning alcohol.
At the time of the fatal crash last year, she was on bail for a June 2016 DUI. Earlier this month, on May 12, Pleasanton police arrested Malihan on suspicion of public drunkenness. She was not in a vehicle at the time.
Malihan could serve a maximum of 11 years in state prison for the charges related to the fatal crash, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office.
Her bail has been set at $3 million, the office said.
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