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on Jul 27, 2013
It's finally happened. Cody Hall has been arrested and charged with two felonies in the death of Diana Hersevoort.
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ABC party? Underage drinking? Are there any responsible parents in Pleasanton?
It appears he was bailed out of Santa Rita, based on commenters over on the patch who did some research using the county inmate locator.
Where does this family come up with the money for all the lawyers and bail? My guess is there's a wealthy but senile grandmother Hall who's retirement funds are forever gone.
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When will we hear what drugs and alcohol might have been in his system when he hit the bicyclist?
An 18 year old with no priors nor any use of drugs or alcohol? He will receive probation at the worst. Doesn't deserve jail time nor would it prove useful in helping him in the future. We are letting people out of prison early because of budget/economic issues and are not trying to grow the prison population.
I really hope your wrong this boy needs a wake up call and it does not seem to be happening on a home level.
Lawyer wrote: "An 18 year old with no priors nor any use of drugs or alcohol? He will receive probation at the worst. Doesn't deserve jail time nor would it prove useful in helping him in the future."
He doesn't deserve jail time? Thanks for the chuckles.
As for whether jail time will "prove useful in helping him in the future", personally I'm more concerned with keeping the roads of Pleasanton safe from irresponsible reckless drivers than I am about whether or not a specific punishment will or will not help him in the future. So the longer he is in jail and off the roads and not a threat to the lives of other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, the better.
Leave it to the know it all pretend lawyer with his head in the sand. This kid is a pariah and his woes are just beginning. In or out of jail he'll have to pay for his actions and it won't end well. I know someone who was in a similar situation and it is something that will follow you forever no matter where you try to hide after the jail sentence. Good luck with that. NOT!
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Now all of a sudden this kid is a "victim" based on the comments from "lawyer" above? Excuse me, but this kid killed a person.. WTF?
This is not a kid that will end up contributing to the community. His father obviously thinks he is above the law too. I suspect from all those in Pleasanton that have commented on this kids behavior (from personal experiences)know this kid and he has been getting away with too much for too long! Lest not forget that when this first happened he had a comment on his facebook page that he had taken his car out on Foothill and got it up to 85 mph at a different time. That post was quickly taken off his page but not before some smart viewer took a photo. This is not your innocent kid. Someones mother, wife, grandmother life has been taken by a mistake?? He needs to understand what he has done and pay the consequences.
I'm sure a multi million dollar civil suit will follow AS I SHOULD. The family of the woman mowed down by this kid has been so gracious about this, but they seem like smart people too so I'd be very surprised if they didn't sue the kid and his parents. I don't know the laws, but I have heard if they claim him as a dependent on their taxes that they might still be liable for his actions even if he is 18. Also, they bought the car from him and one can only hope it was registered in the parent's name which I believe will give them another avenue to pursue a civil case against him.
I've never filed a civil suit against anyone and can't stand it when I see people milking the system with frivolous law suits over nonsense. But this suit is warranted with damages being immeasurable. I hope they sue them for millions so the kid and his enabling parents have to live with this for the rest of their lives.
This article is more about the Father of the Driver....
Kinda misleading don't you think?
If there were drugs involved it would have been out by now. I think it's a case of slow reactions to an unfortunate situation and this kid is being demonized because of the sins of the father ~
I wish the PWeekly would drop this case because it just keeps stirring up hate... Healing can only begin when the wound is left to heal ~
My heart goes out to all involved ~
I agree with Claudette. News organizations shouldn't inform us about crimes because it victimizes people who kill other people. What Cody really needs is a hug, a prayer, and a new car.
IF he could feel remorse, and determination to change the course of his life, he should be given a chance. But if he is unable to do so, in the worst case if he feels he must prove to himself that he feels no remorse or guilt by continuing the same behavior, then someone else is likely to the price, just as Diana Hersevoort and her family did.
He is innocent until proven guilty. He was charged but not convicted. His father owning guns is not relevant to the case.
Finally, chatter and opinions stated as fact on this blog are not relevant to the case.
Signed, disinterested but totally amused reader of this blog.
I don't find any of this amusing. People are trying to make a point about this dangerous child/man. I hope he is not allowed to drive. He should ride a bike and see how that feels. Pleasanton drivers are aggressive and rude in general, but Cody is more than that. And he needs prison time to keep him off the roads and highways. This is a tragedy, but not for him. He's partying on....
Law Information: "He is innocent until proven guilty. He was charged but not convicted. His father owning guns is not relevant to the case. Finally, chatter and opinions stated as fact on this blog are not relevant to the case. Signed, disinterested but totally amused reader of this blog."
You probably wouldn't feel so disinterested or amused if you lived in the same court as a family whose father was a felon who was once convicted of firing a gun at an inhabited dwelling and who had a stash of illegal assault weapons in his possession, and a teenage son who had totaled several cars and had a self-promoted reputation for driving recklessly around town.
Law Information: "He is innocent until proven guilty"
Yes, in the eyes of law enforcement, but that doesn't mean he didn't kill a woman. What an absurd statement to make! Hitler was never convicted of any crime in an American court. Does that mean he was innocent of all the murders committed by his regime? Try thinking before posting.
Big Sam wrote: "Yes, in the eyes of law enforcement, but that doesn't mean he didn't kill a woman."
Exactly. I think that a lot of people misinterpret the phrase "innocent until proven guilty". It's meant to convey the idea that the burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove that the defendant is guilty, and not on the defendant to prove to the prosecution that he is innocent.
The problem is that too many people seem to take the phrase as suggesting it is improper to throw any suspicion at all on the accused because he is "innocent". Obviously, that's taking the interpretation a bit too far. It's fair and accurate to say that the driver Cody Hall has been accused of committing felonies but has not yet been proven guilty in a court of law. But it is not fair and accurate to say that he is "innocent".
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So glad this little jerk has been charged. He deserves a long stint in jail for murdering an innocent person. I can't believe he was driving down Foothill Road at that speed, and passing against a double yellow around a curve. Just awful what has happened to the victim and her family. He was so great at bragging about his driving antics... let's see how far that gets him in prison.
I bet this one does not even go to court or if it does then the charges will be significantly reduced or pled.
Seethe, people. You'll feel better.
Sadly, however, the disappointments and frustrations in your lives that fuel the emotion you focus on this case will still be there after judgment is passed, so the relief will be temporary.
Mike wrote: "Sadly, however, the disappointments and frustrations in your lives that fuel the emotion you focus on this case will still be there after judgment is passed, so the relief will be temporary."
Thanks for the free pop-psychiatric evaluation, Mike. What is your professional psychiatric evaluation of someone who publicly boasts and tweets of going 85 mph on a 40 mph road, over 140 mph on the freeway, wrecks several cars, and finally (and inevitably) ends up killing someone?
I don't believe he stopped at the scene. The damage to the car he was driving made it impossible to go further. I hope there is no plea bargain and a jury is taken to the site to see what he did.
In addition to whatever punishment Hall gets for his crime, I hope the judge makes him ride a bike on the road for a minimum of 3 hours a week for 2 years...maybe then, he'll realize that he's not the only person on the planet.
Something tells me that the victim would be appalled by the hate being expressed here.
Katie wrote: "Something tells me that the victim would be appalled by the hate being expressed here."
Call it "contempt". Two more things: First, I think that it's a bit presumptuous of you to try to speak on behalf of the dead victim, Diana Hersevoort, whose life was unfairly and prematurely taken away by someone who appears to have had a history of reckless driving. Secondly, this isn't just a matter between the victim and the driver. When someone drives recklessly on the public roads of Pleasanton, he's a threat to the lives of all of us who share those same roads. Diana Hersevoort had the misfortune of crossing paths with Cody Hall on that fateful day, but that could just as easily have been anyone else who was maimed or killed by this reckless driver if they had been unlucky enough to be in his way. Everyone who drives or cycles on the public roads of Pleasanton has a voice in this.
My question is: Are these violent felonies? Our only hope for safety is three strikes.
Look at the photo, click on it. This is a young man that will carry this very reckless action for the rest of his life. His action is no doubt made from a bad decision to speed and pass up a car then loose control, costing a life in the process. No one wins, everyone looses and lives are changed forever. He has time to change and grow, that's what life is about.
We were all young once and we all made bad decisions, but the only difference is that we were either never caught or it never resulted in the loss of life. In a second it could be You in the same spot that this 18 year old is in. He is being tried and will be convicted, there is no doubt. So why do you all continue to run around with burned torches and ropes. Mob mentality by a few here using different names.
I hope this is the last time I see this posting...
You've got to be kidding "Claudette McDermott"!
I don't know what "bad decisions" you made that you were "never caught" at and may have killed someone, but maybe some shame on your part is appropriate.
You said "... a bad decision to speed and pass up a car then loose control". Bad decision??? To speed up to 85 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour zone on a road like foothill road? That isn't a bad decision. That is deliberate recklessness.
A person is dead.
what the heck does the father having guns have anything to do with the kids case...it doesn't!!!! the fathers crime happened 20 something years ago and its obvious he learned his lesson since there has been further incidents with him in that 20 years....so he doesn't deserve a second chance, he doesn't reserve the right to bear arms...I mean with all the hate and public lynching and not to mention posting his address at one point, if I was him I would want something to protect my self with because the HATE that has been produced on this site scares me for this family...let a uncorrupt justice system take care of this issue....worry about your own faults and all the thin you have done in your life that by the grace of god you got away with...
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