Police: Deputy's wife kills 3-year-old in DUI crash

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Elijah, 3, was killed when a deputy's wife allegedly smashed into the side of his family's car (KTRK)

A 3-year-old boy is dead and his mother is fighting for her life after a crash involving an alleged drunk driver.

Charles Manoiki, Jr., says his daughter Crystal ran out of gas after leaving her parents' Sunnyvale home Friday night with her three children, KPIX-TV reports.

They were on the side of the highway and that is when police say Yarinet Malihan crashed into the side of the family's car, killing 3-year-old Elijah.

Crystal was severely injured with a fractured back and six broken ribs.

Her family holds on to hope as she recovers. She is in critical but stable condition.

Meantime, the family must now plan a funeral for little Elijah.

The two other children who were with their mother are out of the hospital and are expected to be okay.

Malihan, meanwhile, is in jail charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Detectives say she is the wife of a Alameda County deputy.
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