Yarenit L Malihan (KGO-TV)
PLEASANTON – A woman with a history of arrests and intoxication surrendered herself to the California Highway Patrol on May 22, after the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office filed charges and a judge issued an arrest warrant.
Yarenit L. Malihan, 40, of Pleasanton is in custody at the West County Detention Facility, charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury. Bail was set at $3 million, and she’s scheduled to appear in court on June 15.
Malihan is accused of crashing into a stalled car on the shoulder of Highway 680 near the Bollinger Canyon Road exit, and killing a 3-year-old boy and injuring his 11-year-old and 1-year-old siblings on September 9, 2016. Their mother had pulled over after running out of gas.
The fatal collision in September occurred while Malihan was free on bail, following her arrest on June 7, 2016, in Pleasanton on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment, while her two children were in a vehicle with her. She was convicted of those charges in December 2016, and spent time in jail before being released on parole.
On May 12 this year, police found Malihan intoxicated at 12:15 p.m., lying on the ground, near the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Sunol Boulevard.
Malihan was taken to a hospital, but didn’t stay long. She was arrested for public drunkenness less than two hours later—after she left the hospital and police found her outside again—this time near the intersection of West Positas Boulevard and Owens Drive. She was brought back to the hospital, and later taken to Santa Rita Jail, where she was cited and released.