The Union Democrat
Diane Anderson, a Sonora nurse found guilty of accessory after the fact to vehicular manslaughter on Sept. 10 at the San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton, was transferred to the custody of Tuolumne County Jail on Friday to await her sentencing date.
Sgt. Andrea Benson said Diane Anderson arrived at the Tuolumne County Jail at 4:13 p.m. on Friday less than three days after the conclusion of her 11-day trial and her brief incarceration in the San Joaquin County Jail.
Judge Kevin Seibert set her sentencing hearing for Oct. 7 in the Tuolumne County Superior Court in Sonora.
She faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in state prison.
Diane Anderson was found guilty of accessory after the fact to vehicular manslaughter, failure to perform a duty after an accident, both felonies, and concealing or destroying evidence and obstructing a law enforcement investigation, both misdemeanors.
The charges stemmed from an October 2016 vehicle collision on J-59 in La Grange which occurred after Diane Anderson’s husband, Danny, passed over the double yellow lines while driving northbound in a 2015 Acura MDX.
The prosecution alleged the pass caused the driver of a southbound Lexus RX300, 16-year-old Trista Hoffman, to swerve onto the dirt shoulder and back across into the northbound lane.
The Lexus hit a Toyota Camry that Danny Anderson passed and resulted in the death of Trista, her mother Tina Hoffman, and Rheinholt Eisemann, a passenger in the Camry.
The Andersons returned to the scene of the collision, but did not tell officers the pass occurred or that they may be involved.
After the California Highway Patrol initiated a public search for the Acura, the Andersons sold the vehicle, which they owned jointly, in Southern California.
While testifying during his wife’s trial, Danny Anderson said he did not believe his pass caused the collision.
Danny Anderson was convicted of triple manslaughter last year and sentenced to serve five years and four months in state prison.
Diane Anderson testified during her trial she was dozing after taking prescription medication when the pass and collision occurred.
The defense argued Diane Anderson could not be found guilty of accessory after the fact because she did not know about the pass until after the CHP confronted her at her home. They alleged that a southbound truck driven by a salesman, the first person to call 911 to report to collision, passed the Lexus and caused the crash.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg or Diane Anderson's Fresno-based attorneys, Roger Nuttall and Mark Coleman, could not be reached for comment on Monday.
On Sept. 10, Seibert denied releasing Diane Anderson on bail pending her sentencing because of concern she may not appear at the hearing.
Nuttall said following her conviction he planned to file in the Fifth District Court of Appeal to seek bail pending sentencing, but there have been no recent filings under her name, according to their website.
Nuttall said he would advocate for Diane Anderson to get probation as her sentence.