A Sonora-area nurse accused as an accessory after the fact of a vehicular manslaughter of three people in a 2016 head-on collision in La Grange was issued a trial date of April 10 in the Tuolumne County Superior Court Monday.
Diane Anderson, 67, was notified that her trial date would be pushed from Feb. 6 because of a scheduling conflict with another trial set to begin that day.
The new date was arranged by Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg and Diane Anderson’s attorney, Kirk McAllister of Modesto, in a private conference before the start of the hearing.
Judge James A. Boscoe scheduled a trial confirmation conference for March 11.
Anderson’s trial has been postponed twice in the past five months. She is charged with one count of felony hit-and-run resulting in death or serious injury of six involved parties in the accident, accessory after the fact to vehicular manslaughter, and misdemeanor charges of destroying or concealing evidence and obstructing an investigation.
She has pleaded not guilty.
Anderson is being tried separately from her husband, Dr. Danny Anderson, who was found guilty on July 25 of causing the collision.
Danny Anderson has been in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail since Sept. 7 after his convictions for three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, reckless driving, hit and run, and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police investigation.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and four months in state prison.
On Friday, Danny Anderson has a motion hearing for a new trial and will sentenced if the motion is denied.
According to testimony during Danny Anderson’s trial and the couple’s joint preliminary hearing in 2017, Diane Anderson was seated in the passenger seat of their Acura MDX when her husband crossed over the double yellow lines on northbound J-59 in La Grange and caused a head on vehicle collision between a southbound 2002 Lexus RX300 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.
Witnesses in the Danny Anderson trial testified that Danny and Diane Anderson were contacted by California Highway Patrol officers at the scene, but neither said they were involved.
Diane and Danny Anderson were arrested in April 2017 when they voluntarily surrendered to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.
In April 2018, Judge Donald 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 admits 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.