Just days before Dr. Danny Anderson was transferred to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Tracy on Tuesday, a notice of appeal for his triple-vehicular manslaughter conviction was filed in the Tuolumne County Superior Court.
The California Fifth District Court of Appeal, which covers nine central California counties including Tuolumne, opened the case on Jan. 30, a clerk said on Friday. The appeal was filed in Tuolumne County Superior Court a week before.
The court of appeal is awaiting the submission of transcripts from court reporters and clerks from the Tuolumne County Superior Court before a review of Anderson’s case can begin.
The review could last six months to more than a year, the clerk said.
Anderson is in the custody of Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, where he will undergo a security, medical and psychological review before he is placed in a permanent facility.
“Everything that has to do with that person, they’re going to look at that,” said CDCR spokeswoman Terry Thornton.
Anderson was sentenced by Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Donald Segerstrom to serve five-years, four-months in state prison for his role in causing a collision on J-59 in La Grange that killed three people and injured three others in October 2016.
His earliest possible release date is in May 2021, Thornton said.
Anderson was in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail since Sept. 7. Segerstrom said Anderson was given credit for 142 days of incarceration and 142 days for good conduct at a re-sentencing hearing on Jan. 25.
While in the custody of DVI, Anderson will be assigned a classification score between minimum and maximum security based on his crime, personal history and results of the personal evaluation.
Thornton said the process was meant to “assess the needs of the inmates.”
According to Anderson’s probation report, he suffers from Crohn’s disease, diabetes, prostate hypertrophy and autoimmune disease.
Inmates can pursue education or provide services within the prison while incarcerated.
Thornton said inmates at CDCR reception centers like DVI are also assigned a counselor who will assess the case factors which led to their incarceration.
The counselor will make a placement recommendation for a specific CDCR facility. A state CDCR official will review the recommendation and determine where the inmate will serve out their sentence.
The process takes approximately 45 days, she said.
Inmates are required to provide fingerprints, a DNA sample and have a photograph taken for the prison system, she said.
Anderson was transferred to DVI in Tracy on the morning of Jan. 29 with two other inmates, Sgt. Andrea Benson of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said.
DVI Public Information Officer Lt. Christene Zoucha could not be reached for comment.
Anderson was found guilty of three counts vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit and run causing death or permanent serious injury and reckless driving causing injuries, and misdemeanor charge obstructing a police investigation on July 25.
While driving in an Acura MDX northbound on J-59 in La Grange in October 2016, Anderson crossed the double yellow lines into the southbound lane to pass two vehicles. The maneuver caused southbound driver Trista Hoffman, 16, to swerve her 2002 Lexus RX300 and crash head-on with a 2009 Toyota Camry that Anderson passed.
Anderson returned to the scene and administered CPR to Trista’s mother, Tina Hoffman, who was ejected from the front passenger seat into the road.
He left the scene without telling a California Highway Patrol Officer that he crossed the double yellow lines to pass a gray van and the Camry.
Trista, Tina, and Reinholt John Eismann the passenger in the Camry, all died as a result of the accident.
Trista’s brother, Dillon Hoffman, sustained two broken legs, her friend, Annie Johnson, sustained a traumatic brain injury, and Camry driver Dorothy Eismann sustained minor injuries.
During his sentencing on Jan. 18, Anderson denied causing the accident.
Probation recommended Anderson be sentenced to 10 years, four months in prison. Segerstrom imposed a sentence of five years, four months, because Anderson had no prior record and was 71 years old.
The Medical Board of California is also expected to review Anderson’s medical license for potential disciplinary action. His license expires on June 30.