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Foothill grad Cody Hall charged in death of Dublin bicyclist

18-year-old was passing another car when he lost control in fatal Foothill Road crash

The 18-year-old whose vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist on Foothill Road last month was doing 83 miles an hour, more than twice the legal limit, court documents show.

The speed limit on Foothill Road at the location of the crash is 40 miles an hour.

Cody Matthew Hall was also passing another vehicle in a two-way, left-turn lane and across double yellow lines, those documents say.

When Hall, who police said was driving a 2004 silver Dodge Neon, attempted to pull back into his lane, he lost control.

"Hall's vehicle continued northbound out of control, subsequently colliding with two bicyclists traveling northbound in the east bike lane of Foothill Road," according to a probable cause declaration filed with the court. "As a result of the collision with the two bicyclists, one bicyclist was severely injured and the other bicyclist was fatally injured."

The young driver, who graduated from Foothill High in June, was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving with serious injury. He was released on $100,000 bail.

Diana Hersevoort, 58, of Dublin was killed in the June 9 crash near Golden Eagle Way that occurred around 1 p.m. A police report from the crash said Hersevoort was thrown from her bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband Joe was taken to a hospital where he was treated for injuries and released with a broken leg.

The bicycle ride was a weekly tradition of the couple, who rode together in various parts of the Tri-Valley region, their daughter, Heather Grimm, said in an earlier interview. They had been together for 35 years.

Hall stopped at the scene and initially was cooperative with police, answering questions. He did not give a statement when asked.

The teen's father was arrested after police served a search warrant looking for evidence in their investigation into the crash.

Aaron Hall pleaded not guilty to felony weapons charges after police said they discovered two illegal assault rifles and "thousands of rounds of ammunition" in a gun safe at the Halls' home in the 4200 block of Echo Court.

The elder Hall was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of an assault weapon, possession of ammunition by a felon, and possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance. Police said they found four Daytrana patches, a stimulant used to treat ADHD that Aaron Hall had without a prescription.

Aaron Hall turned himself in July 13. He was released the same day after posting a bond of $265,000.

Court records show he had two felony convictions from 1994 for assault with a deadly weapon and firing at an inhabited dwelling. A pretrial hearing on the new charges has been set for Aug. 28.

Comments

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

"The 18-year-old whose vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist on Foothill Road last month was doing 83 miles an hour, more than twice the legal limit, court documents show."

"The speed limit on Foothill Road at the location of the crash is 40 miles an hour."

"Cody Matthew Hall was also passing another vehicle in a two-way, left-turn lane and across double yellow lines, those documents say."

Well, the facts from the investigation of the accident appear to be coming out and it doesn't look good for this driver. It's official: He really was doing almost 85 mph - over twice the speed limit - on Foothill road when he killed Diana Hersevoort. Insane. He deserves everything that is coming to him.


Posted by Amy, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

For all of those claiming this was just a tragic accident, read the report again. This was no accident. He drove twice the speed limit on purpose and he illegally passed the car on purpose. This poor woman had her life stolen from her by the actions of Cody Hall with his parents totally enabling him. They are just asynchronous at fault as their son.

I pray for the woman and her family and friends. How dare someone steal her from her family as this man did when the outcome was so predictable given the reckless driving at the time of him mowing these people down. I do hope the pursue a civil case against him and his parents. There's. I way to react all they've lost, but hopefully they are awarded a very large sum from the Halls so the Halls are reminded forever of what they all did that cost this woman her life.


Posted by also a cyclist, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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Posted by CHX, a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

CHX is a registered user.

I really have no idea if Cody can be "saved" or not. But I do know that if there was an awareness and established procedure for those who saw his bragging social postings, history might have been different.

I think if the school kids were enabled by the school to get together and talk about a preventative solution, they might come up with some good ideas, and IF they were listened to, maybe those ideas could become standard practice at all high schools. What to do if you know your friend is a speeding thrill addict, or you see a similar posting on a social network. How to help them help themselves BEFORE something happens.


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