Cody Hall To Serve 9 Years, Takes Plea Deal in Fatal Bike Collision

The 19-year-old pleaded not guilty in 2013 after being charged with second degree murder following a bicycle collision that killed a Dublin woman and injured her husband as they rode their bikes on Foothill Road in Pleasanton last June.

Cody Matthew Hall Photo Credit: Pleasanton Police
Cody Matthew Hall Photo Credit: Pleasanton Police
The teenaged driver facing a murder charge and felony reckless driving following a fatal bicycle collision last summer pleaded guilty today to vehicular manslaughter with a Great Bodily Injury enhancement as part of a plea agreement, according to officials at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Pleasanton resident Cody Matthew Hall, 19, took the plea agreement during today's preliminary hearing at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice. Hall was charged with second degree murder, along with felony reckless driving in the June 9 collision that killed 58-year-old Dublin resident Diana Hersevoort

"Hall will serve a total of nine years; six for vehicular manslaughter and three years for GBI clause," Alameda County District Attorney's office spokesperson Stephanie Chan said. "This is also a strike offense."

In a previous Patch article, criminal defense attorney Mary Ann Bird says a guilty conviction for Hall could have put the teen in prison until he was in his thirties. If Hall had been convicted on the murder charge, Bird said Hall could have been sentenced up to 15 years to life in prison.

The Hall case drew national attention because his social media posts, along with his driving record, were likely going to be part of the foundation for the murder case against him.

[Related article: Apparent 'CodyyHall' Instagram Posts Flaunt Beating Speeding Ticket and Hating Police]

In November of 2013, Hall was denied bail by Judge Jacob Blea after he entered a plea of 'not guilty' for all charges.

[Related article: Cody Hall Pleads Not Guilty,  Judge Denies Bail]

Hall has been at the Santa Rita Jail on a "no bail status" since he was taken into custody on Aug. 14 while appearing in court after prosecutors raised the vehicular manslaughter charge against Hall to murder.  Read the full story here.

According to documents submitted by police to the court, Hall is believed to have been passing a vehicle on Foothill Road at about 83 miles per hour, when he lost control of his car, striking bicyclists Diana and Joe Hersevoort on June 9. 

Hall will be back in court for sentencing on May 30.

Previous Patch articles about the fatal Foothill Road collision:

Heather Grimm April 19, 2014 at 01:31 AM
No matter if he serves 7 years or 100 years when he gets out he gets to live his life. When he's released my family will still be broken and never the same. My dad will be without the love of his life, me and my sister without our mom and my 2 wonderful kids without their grandma. We miss her everyday and every hour. It never gets easier... We just just get used to it.
kax April 24, 2014 at 08:19 PM
George, it sounds like you have a few problems to work out. certainly all of us , family and friends of the Hersevoorts, wanted justice, expected it, and got it...i assure you that my brother Joe derived not one bit of pleasure from Cody Hall"s sentence....most of us feel for Cody's family....so much loss and heartbreak for both families.....and then we have you, George, to help lighten the mood with your homo-erotic ,prison fantasies.....good luck with that....
Autumn Johnson May 30, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Cody Hall Sentenced to Prison in 2013 Fatal Bike Collision http://pleasanton.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/cody-hall-sentenced-to-prison
Cicero Vicious July 19, 2014 at 03:55 PM
First of all, the victim's family doesn't really approve of a plea deal. Families of the victim are never parties to criminal cases. The decision to enter into a plea deal is between the prosecutor, the defendant, and the Court. The DA may discuss it with the family but he\she is not beholden to any family mandate or desire. Second, none of us are going to know if the sentence is enough - we will only know after this kid gets out and then we see how he conducts his life. This is a massive tragedy but the bottom line is that this kid had some lapse in his regard for the value of human life and then he blew up at least two families by his negligent act. And just like when doctors' suffer criminal consequences when they fail to exercise proper levels of judgment, so should we all. It's just not OK to kill someone because you screw up - PERIOD - END OF STORY. Many commentators of this case are horribly off base and illustrating one of the most disturbing and growing aspects of our society - complete avoidance of accepting responsibility for one's action. Sad all around - but given the gravity of the crime, at least something relating to justice was done...that is unfortunately the best we can hope for at this point...


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