VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – A woman was sentenced to two years in jail following a DUI crash last January that injured a man and three children.
A Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge sentenced Sandra Leigh Hofstadler on Monday. Hofstadler, 43, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of second-offense DUI and failure to stop for a school bus. She was sentenced to one year in jail for each charge.
Hofstadler’s DUI attorney, James C. Lewis, said he plans to appeal the convictions to Circuit Court. Her client is also facing three felony charges of maiming while driving under the influence.
Hofstadler admitted to having taken Xanax, an anti-anxiety medicine, on the day of the incident as well as Adderall, which treats attention-deficit disorder. She has prescriptions for both medications.
However, prosecutor Philip C. Hollowell said Hofstadler also had illegal drugs in her system.
The incident occurred on Chester Street in Princess Anne Plaza just before 8 a.m. on Jan. 19. Hofstadler drove into David Yancy Sr.’s yard, hitting him, his son, daughter, and niece as the children were getting ready to board a school bus.
Yancy’s 5-year-old son sustained serious injuries to the head, requiring two months of treatment before he could return home. Yancy and his 7-year-old niece also sustained serious injuries. His 7-year-old daughter’s injuries were not as severe.
Hofstadler has a prior DUI conviction from October 2003, when officers found cocaine in her possession, that she was driving on a suspended license, and that she had committed credit card theft and forgery.
Hofstadler remains without bond in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center.