A Sonora-area nurse accused as an accessory after the fact to vehicular manslaughter in a case in which three people died in a 2016 head-on collision was issued a trial date of Dec. 5.

Diane Anderson is being tried separately from her husband, Danny, who was found guilty on July 25 of causing the collision.

Judge Donald Segerstrom said the respective counsels had deliberated in a private meeting just before the hearing Monday and decided on a motion hearing Nov. 6.

Several motions have been submitted by Diane Anderson’s lawyer, Kirk McAllister, Segerstrom said. He set an Oct. 30 deadline for motion submissions.

Dr. Danny Anderson did not attend the hearing. He was released until sentencing on Sept. 7 and ordered to be on electronic monitoring until then after convictions on three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, reckless driving, hit and run, and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police investigation.

Danny Anderson was acquitted on the special allegations of fleeing the scene of an accident, which were attached to the manslaughter charges, and of the misdemeanor charge of concealing evidence.

On Oct. 21, 2016, Danny Anderson, driving a white Acura MDX northbound on La Grange Road north of Bonds Flat Road, crossed over the double yellow lines into the southbound lane and caused a head on collision between a 2002 Lexus RX300 driving southbound on J-59, and a northbound 2009 Toyota Camry.

The collision resulted in the death of Tina Hoffman, 51, and her daughter Trista Hoffman, 16, in the Lexus, and Reinholt Eismann, 72, in the Camry. Lexus passengers Dillon Hoffman, 17, sustained two broken legs and Annie Johnson, 16, sustained brain hemorrhages. Camry driver Dorothy Eismann, 66, sustained minor injuries.

According to testimony during Danny Anderson’s trial and during the couple’s joint preliminary hearing in 2017, Diane Anderson was seated in the passenger seat of the Acura MDX at the time of the accident.

Witnesses in the Danny Anderson trial testified that both Danny and Diane Anderson were on the scene of the collision when California Highway Patrol officers arrived, but neither of them related any involvement in the accident.

Diane and Danny Anderson were arrested in April 2017 when they voluntarily surrendered to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

In April 2018, Segerstrom ordered a separate trial for Diane Anderson due to the admission of a Dec. 6, 2016 audio recording in Danny Anderson’s trial where he admitted to crossing the double-yellow lines.

The statement did not mention Diane Anderson and would have infringed on her right to a fair trial, Segerstrom said at the time.

Diane Anderson was charged with one count of felony hit-and-run resulting in death or serious injury of the six involved parties, accessory after the fact to the vehicular manslaughter charge, and misdemeanor charges of destroying or concealing evidence and obstructing an investigation.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.


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