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Newhall driver pleads no contest in fatal hit-and-run

Posted: December 18, 2012 6:42 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 6:42 p.m.

A 68-year-old man accused of failing to remain at the scene of a fatal car-versus-pedestrian collision in Valencia last February entered a plea of no contest Tuesday, capping almost a year of court appearances.

Jonathan Anker of Newhall appeared in San Fernando Superior Court and pleaded no contest to the felony hit-and-run charge of failing to remain at the scene of a fatal traffic collision.

On Feb. 3, Anker was driving a car that hit and killed 65-year-old Dianda Doane.

Doane was walking in traffic lanes on Orchard Village Road after dark on a rainy February day when she was struck by a car near Dalbey Drive, sheriff’s deputies said at the time of the incident.

Anker was arrested a short time later at his Newhall home. He was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for hit and run and vehicular manslaughter on Feb. 3 and released from custody Feb. 4 after posting $50,000 bail, according to county records.

Later that same month, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and waived his right to a speedy trial.
In May, Anker was ordered to stand trial for one count of failing to remain at the scene of an accident and one count of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

Since then, Anker has appeared monthly, often seen carrying a back support with him to court proceedings.

His plea Tuesday comes a week before his jury trial was expected to get under way.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in the new year.

Anker was charged under a section of the California Vehicle Code requiring a driver to stop if his or her driving results in injury or death to another person.




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