Man arraigned in vehicular manslaughter case

February 22, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

Though he'll not face murder charges, Brandon Lee Anderson was arraigned Wednesday on three other counts stemming from a deadly accident in Glamis on Saturday.

Anderson, 28, of Anaheim, was arraigned in the county jail court on counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence and causing bodily injury to another person.

With murder charges no longer pending, bail has been set at $50,000 for Anderson.

While driving an off-road vehicle up Oldsmobile Hill, a large sand dune in Glamis, Anderson accelerated rapidly, losing contact between his front tires and the sand, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

At that point, Anderson lost control of his vehicle and broadsided and drove over a second off-road vehicle driven by Wayne Neiss, 54, of La Habra.


Neiss was killed in the collision.

Neiss' passenger, Rose Solito, 37, sustained major injuries and was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Solito was discharged from Scripps on Wednesday, a hospital staffer said.

Bail review and a pretrial hearing for Anderson are set for Friday. Anderson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 2.

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