Dr. Danny Anderson and his wife, Diane, have been sued in a $2.5 million wrongful death and negligence lawsuit by victims of the October 2016 La Grange Road vehicle collision that killed three people and injured three others.
Dillon Hoffman, a whose mother, Tina, and 16-year-old sister, Trista, died in the crash, said he filed the lawsuit because he wanted Anderson to “suffer in the long run like I have suffered.”
“I don't care about the money, I just want him to suffer a little bit when he gets out of jail. I want long-term effects,” Hoffman, 19, said.
Dorothy Eisemann, whose husband Rheinholt died in the collision, filed a separate lawsuit which called for at least $2.5 million in damages to be awarded to her and to Rheinholt’s estate.
The lawsuit accuses the Andersons of acting with “malice, oppression and fraud” by executing what is referred to as the “Anderson Pass” and causing the fatal crash.
The complaint for damages filed on behalf of the Hoffmans does not specify the total damages requested by the plaintiffs. The document identifies the lawsuit as an unlimited civil case which “exceeds $25,000.”
Dillon declined to say the amount of damages he is seeking and referred the question to his lawyer Greg Jemison, of Clearlake, who did not return calls for comment.
Dillon sustained two broken legs in the accident but still struggles to walk.
The Hoffman lawsuit was also filed on behalf of Dalath Hoffman, Dillon and Trista’s father. The lawsuit said plaintiffs incurred hospital and medical expenses, general damage, property damage and loss of earning capacity as a result of the collision.
“Plaintiff Dillon Hoffman claims the loss of love, companionship, comfort, case assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support and the loss of training and guidance from his mother Tina Hoffman and sister Trista Hoffman,” the lawsuit said.
It added that Dalath Hoffman was “emotionally traumatized by the death of his only daughter.”
Anderson is in the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, awaiting transfer to a permanent facility. He was sentenced to serve five years, four months in state prison by Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Donald Segerstrom for crossing over the double yellow lines on La Grange Road and causing the accident between the Hoffman vehicle and the Eisemann vehicle.
He 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.
Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin M. Seibert heard both civil cases on Friday morning.
Both were filed on the same day — Oct. 11, 2018 — but they are in different stages of development. The cases were also both jeopardized because the attorneys have apparently not adhered to court requirements.
Seibert appeared confused when an attorney for the Eisemann case did not declare themselves present during a court phone call.
Seibert issued an order for the attorney to show cause why they failed to appear at the case management conference and for failing to file case management statements.
He set a hearing for March 15.
According to the complaint for damages, Eisemann is represented by H. Steven Burnside and Norbert Stahl in Palo Alto. They did not respond to email and calls for comment.
The Eisemann lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dorothy Eisemann as an individual and as the successor to the estate of Rheinholt.
The lawsuit alleges that both Andersons were negligent in their duty to follow traffic rules which led to the accident.
Only Danny Anderson is identified in the wrongful death claim.
Dorothy Eisemann was “deprived of the love, care, companionship, comfort, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support of, and sexual relations with Rheinholt,” the lawsuit said.
Diane is also charged with aiding and abetting both the negligence and the wrongful death.
The Eisemann damages included medical expenses, transportation expenses, lost income, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering.
Seibert also reprimanded Jemison for not serving the defendant with the Hoffman complaint within 60 days from when the complaint was filed.
Seibert set a case management conference for April 19 and said Jemison must serve the complaint within 30 days.
The lawsuit said the causes of action against the Andersons were related to the use of a motor vehicle, general negligence and wrongful death.
Dillon Hoffman was “critically and permanently injured, physically and emotionally.”
Anderson was driving an Acura MDX northbound on J-59 when he crossed the double yellow lines into the southbound lane to pass Eisemann’s 2009 Toyota Camry and an unidentified gray van driving in front of her.
The maneuver caused southbound driver Trista Hoffman to swerve a 2002 Lexus RX300, which overturned onto its side and crashed into the Camry.
Annie Johnson, a passenger in the Acura, sustained a traumatic brain injury, and Camry driver Dorothy Eismann sustained minor injuries.
During his sentencing on Jan. 18, Anderson denied causing the accident.