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19 Year Old Cody Hall Pleads To Vehicular Manslaughter For Fatal Crash In Pleasanton

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A Pleasanton teen has pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter for a crash in Pleasanton last June that killed a bicyclist and injured her husband.

Cody Hall, 19, had faced a murder charge for the June 9 crash that killed 58-year-old Deborah Hersevoort of Dublin but at his preliminary hearing in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday prosecutors allowed him to plead no contest to the lesser charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Pleasanton police said Hersevoort and her husband, Johannes Hersevoort, were riding their bicycles north on Foothill Road sough of Golden Eagle Way just after 1 p.m. on June 9 when Hall, who was driving a 2004 Dodge Neon in the same direction, crashed into them.

Police said the speed limit on Foothill Road is 40 mph but Hall was traveling at about 83 mph as he approached and passed another vehicle that also was traveling north.

Officer Tom Hansen said in a probable cause statement that the road “makes a sweeping right hand turn” in that area but Hall passed the other vehicle unlawfully, crossing double parallel lines, and then began to lose control of his car and crashed into the Hersevoorts.

He said Deborah Hersevoort was killed and Johannes Hersevoort suffered a broken leg.

In addition to pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter for killing Deborah Hersevoort, Hall pleaded to an enhancement clause that he inflicted great bodily injury on her husband.

Hall’s plea deal calls for him to receive a term of nine years in state prison when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Joseph Hurley sentences him on May 30.

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