Teen gets 9 years for bicyclist hit-and-run

A Pleasanton teen was sentenced today to nine years in state prison 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 last month prosecutors reached an agreement with him that allowed him to plead no contest to the lesser charge of felony vehicular manslaughter.

The nine-year term imposed by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy was the sentence that was called for in Hall’s plea agreement.

Pleasanton police said Hersevoort and her husband, Johannes Hersevoort, were riding their bicycles north on Foothill Road south 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 Hansen passed the other vehicle unlawfully, crossing double parallel lines, and then began to lose control of his car and crashed into the Hersevoorts.

Hansen 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.