Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 11, 2013

Teen driver remains held without bond in fatal crash

Cody Hall has yet to enter a plea in case, now continued until November

by Glenn Wohltmann

The young driver who ran down and killed a bicyclist in June remains in custody without bail and without entering a plea.

Cody Hall, 19, has been in the Santa Rita Jail without bond since August, when an initial charge of vehicular homicide was elevated to murder.

Hall was driving his 2004 Dodge Neon at an estimated 83 mph, more than twice the speed limit, and passing a car on a double yellow line when he lost control while pulling back into his lane, according to court documents. He struck and killed Diane Hersevoort, 58, and also struck her husband, Joe Hersevoort, who was left with a broken leg in the crash.

The teen still faces a charge of reckless driving causing bodily injury for striking Joe Hersevoort.

Hall, wearing a yellow jail outfit, was in court Monday morning, but the case was continued at the request of his attorney, Joe Cox.

"We are still going through the discovery on this matter and it appears there is more discovery," Cox told Judge Jacob Blea III, who agreed to continue the case.

Discovery is the process of exchanging information between two parties in a court case.

About a dozen people showed up for Hall's appearance Monday. The case has been continued until Nov. 14.

The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. June 9 near Golden Eagle Way.

Hall graduated from Foothill High later that month. He faces 15 years to life on the murder charge and an additional three years and eight months for the reckless driving charge, according to Alin Cintean, a former Sacramento County prosecutor now in private practice..

Comments

Posted by Adams, a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

Fatal crash and teen both are interrelated with each other; in most of the urban regions we have found the issues of fatal crashes occurred by a teen driver. As teen drivers are suffering from lack of proper knowledge and experience on driving and also speed would be a crucial factor for them; due to which they are unable to put their control on vehicle. Therefore we have found different incident of fatal crash by teen drivers. Here also we have found that how a teen driver remain in custody in the charge of killing a bicyclist. I must say that parents should be more preventive or strict while allow their teen children for driving. Otherwise these types of accidents are taken place at regular intervals. [removed]


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