HAYWARD -- A Pleasanton man was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for a Pleasanton crash that killed a woman and injured her husband while the couple was out on a Sunday bike ride nearly one year ago.
Cody Hall, 19, had pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter in Alameda County Superior Court on April 17 for the wreck that killed 58-year-old Deborah Hersevoort of Dublin.
Hall was 18 when he struck Hersevoort and her husband as they cycled near Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park on June 9, 2013. Diana Hersevoort was killed instantly, while husband Joe suffered a broken leg. Hall was driving approximately 80 miles per hour, according to Pleasanton police, twice the posted speed limit.
Hall had faced a murder charge for the crash, 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 prison sentence imposed by Judge Kevin Murphy was the sentence that was called for under Hall's plea agreement.
Prosecutors sought to charge Hall with murder after investigators found social media posts where he had boasted about driving fast. But a judge reduced the charges to vehicular manslaughter with an additional three years for injuring Hersevoort's husband.
At the time of the accident, Diana Hersevoort, a homemaker and grandmother, had recently started cycling, encouraged by her husband. The couple had been married for more than 30 years, and had begun cycling every Sunday as a way to be active and spend time together.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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