The park was chosen because her mother was a lover of animals and flowers, said Heather Grimm. Hersevoort was also a fan of tie-dyed clothing, something Grimm hopes people will wear to her memorial.
Hersevoort and her husband Joe, Dublin residents, were riding north on Foothill Road near Golden Eagle Way at about 1 p.m. when the two were hit by a car, according to Pleasanton police. She was thrown from her bicycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Joe Hersevoort was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released with a broken leg.
The car, a 2004 silver Dodge Neon, was driven by an 18-year-old Pleasanton man who was also heading north, police said, and the cause of the collision remains under investigation. Sseveral witnesses have come forth, and preliminary information indicates that the Hersevoorts were riding single-file in the bike lane when they were hit.
Police say tests -- probably blood tests for alcohol or illegal substances -- will not be concluded for at least two weeks on the driver of the car. The Pleasanton Police Department will forward the results and its examination of the accident scene to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, which will decide if charges will be filed against the young driver.
Police were at the scene several days following the accident; meanwhile, the scene became an informal memorial to Hersevoort, with flowers placed along the road near where she was struck.