Cody Hall, 19, had faced a murder charge for the June 9 crash that killed 58-year-old Diana 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.
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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, Joe 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 Diana Hersevoort was killed and Joe Hersevoort suffered a broken leg. In addition to pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter for killing Diana Hersevoort, Hall pleaded to an enhancement clause that he inflicted great bodily injury on her husband.
—By Bay City News
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