Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 26, 2013

Police receive reports on driver who ran down bicyclist

Case now heads to D.A.'s Office for consideration of charges

by Glenn Wohltmann

Police have received test results in the case involving Cody Hall, the 18-year-old driver who struck and killed Diana Hersevoort on June 9.

Hersevoort, 58, of Dublin was hit as she was bicycling with her husband that Sunday morning on Foothill Road near Golden Eagle Way.

The case now heads to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to file charges against Hall in the death.

Police Capt. Craig Eicher said Pleasanton police had completed their work, which included the accident analysis, and were just waiting for information including blood work from Hall, which they received Tuesday.

"We're ready to move forward. We were just waiting for the reports because the D.A. won't move forward without them," Eicher said.

The wait of just over a month is pretty typical when it comes to getting information from the Alameda County Crime lab, Eicher said.

"I know they're pretty busy," he said. "I think because of TV, people think it happens overnight."

Updated information on charges against Hall, if any, will be posted at the Pleasanton Weekly website.

Meanwhile, the 18-year-old's father, Aaron Hall, was arraigned in Pleasanton Superior Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to felony weapons charges stemming from the case.

He was charged 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 gun safe was found when police served a search warrant looking for evidence in their vehicular manslaughter investigation involving Cody Hall.

Aaron 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.

The D.A.'s Office filed felony charges and officers obtained a $640,000 arrest warrant for Aaron Hall, who turned himself in July 13; he was released the same day after posting a reduced bond of $265,000.

Aaron 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.


Posted by mike local 55, a resident of Happy Valley
on Nov 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

mike local 55 is a registered user.

Another Foothill grad attorney Kent Tierney arrested on the same charge as Aaron Hall. This was a raid by Special agents on 11/31/2013. Check out By Heather Homes. For some reason Pleasanton Weekly did not report it.

Posted by Kitty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

Very informative article. Reports. They're very important, those reports. Seriously. There's no telling what's found in them. Reports....

Posted by unknown, a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

mike local 55 - You wrote 11/31/2013 it's the beginning of Nov.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Anybody that wants to can review this case in the online California Bar Journal, notice of suspensions.

Posted by Mike local 55, a resident of Happy Valley
on Nov 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thank you unknown. It should be 10/31/2013 Halloween night.
What about the other arrest Mark Lacey? It would be nice to depend
on our local town paper to let us know whats going on. Or will the mug
shots and story of these two be in next weeks paper?

Posted by For the love of God, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Nov 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Why can't Glenn get this right? The father of the year, Aaron Hall was arrested for being a felon in possession of assault rifles and ammo.

Why do you keep referring to illegal assault weapons? What are the model numbers, are they illegal for anyone or just for a parolee? Why refer to them as illegal in one sentence and then say felon in possession of a assault rifle in another?

Once again, any gun possessed by Aaron Hall would be considered "illegal" due to his being on parole at the time. If these guns were found at a non felons house they would be legal. You create a false notion about the guns that many people own legally by constantly throwing the "illegal assault rifle card" at every turn. Not all assault weapons are illegal to possess as some would have you believe. Most are in fact legal to own when registered. There are AR or AK derivatives in most gun safes in the U.S. because they became even more popular after the bans and mass shootings!

Looking forward to the harshest of penalties for these two accused stooges.

Posted by None of the Above, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

From the story:
"... police said they discovered two illegal assault rifles..."

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

If this is an inappropriate place to ask a question about the format of the site, I apologize.

I find it difficult to understand why I have to click twice to read stories posted on the top page, once on the headline and once again on the page I am brought to in order to access the text of the story. It there a technical reason for this need?


Posted by All of the Truth, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Nov 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Yeah I read the story Einstein, now go read the whole story and who wrote it! It's really a story about a family of alleged rule breakers, with a dour boy that allegedly mowed two people down killing a woman in the process. The father, a felon on parole has restrictions placed upon him, one of which disallows any firearm to be in his possession. Why keep injecting the anti assault weapon agenda onto this story? The editor/reporter Glenn, contradicts himself and confuses the issue of whether or not these guns were illegal for all or illegal for parolees only! It's very vague as to what the true facts are. Who knows what the police report says or whether it is accurate either. A competent reporter should have this facet of the story stated with detail and certainty. It may seem minor but it's wrong to portray assault weapons as being illegal to own when that simply is incorrect.

Now you need to check yourself before you go and bury your head back in the sand. You'd think we'd have better reporting and editing but all we get is predictable one-sided deletions and bias.

May the Halls rot in their self imposed Hell!

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