SAN RAMON (KPIX 5) — The wife of an Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for an alleged DUI after a deadly crash Friday night that left a little boy dead and his mother hospitalized.

The accident happened in San Ramon near the Bollinger Canyon exit on Interstate 680. A family had just pulled their stalled vehicle onto the shoulder of the freeway when a car slammed into them. The impact crushed the car and killed 3-year-old Elijah Dunn.

Elijah would have turned 4 in just two weeks. Now, instead of celebrating his birthday the family is planning his funeral.

“I just had him with me all day yesterday,” said grandfather Charles Manoiki Jr. “I was babysitting my grandson. And an hour later, I find out they were in an accident. I’m numb, totally numb.”

Manioki’s daughter, Crystal Dunn, and his three grandchildren left his Sunnyvale home last night to drive back to their home in San Ramon. They ran out of gas and parked on the shoulder.

The CHP said that’s when 39-year-old Yarenit Malihan of Pleasanton crashed into the parked car. CHP officers arrested her for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. She is the wife of an Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy.

Meanwhile, Dunn is at John Muir hospital in stable condition. She suffered a broken bone in her back and six broken ribs. The two other children in the car had minor injuries and have since been released from Oakland Children’s Hospital.

Through his own grief, Manoiki said his heart goes out to the sheriff’s deputy. “One day I will forgive your wife, but right now I can’t,” he said.

Comments (11)
  1. Michael says:

    She needs to be in prison for as long as this family is without their precious son! Will definitely keep up with this story to see if she gets “special treatment” because of the position her husband holds.

    1. Zuma Mom says:

      I agree. How horrible.
      But this state is run by ultra-liberals, justice will never be served for this poor little one and his family

      1. Michael E R says:

        how dare you attack our courts and elected officials in this manner!! you are a bigoted, hateful person, who has no idea what “liberal” means and no idea what kind of people run our courts and are elected to office. we elect decent people, who enforce the laws and write appropriate laws to protect both victims, and the defendant, with justice. a truly liberal court would make sure that the wife of a sheriffs deputy would get no mercy just for that status. I’m afraid that the opposite would be true if it was a conservative court, which would unfortunately be biased towards protecting her. so, if you want to toss all us liberals under the bus, be prepared to give up your paid vacations, 5 day work week, paid overtime, social security, medicare, disability benefits, free high school, and be ready to place your children in factory jobs so you have enough money to live. i hope your daughter has nice tough hands for pulling cotton threads through eyelets at the local textile mill.

  2. Minerva Moser says:

    Now check to see how many times the deputy’s wife had been stopped for drunk driving in the past but was given a “bye” because of to whom she is married. Blue lives matter, my butt.

  3. John Randall says:

    she looks like an illegal immigrant.

    1. Caren says:

      Would that be a surprise?

  4. Caren says:

    Why would the dumb parents let some old granny drive their kids in the first place? How lazy are these parents that they cannot hire a real driver?
    At least now they will not have all the expenses of raising kids in the Bay Area. The sky-high prices are enough to make anyone drive batty.

  5. bob cobb says:

    Dui last month too! Why is she driving? Lock her up for life!

  6. Dan says:

    Why is the husband and his profession mentioned? What part did he or his job play into this horrific incident?