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Pleasanton Teen Sentenced to Nine Years for Killing Bicyclist Deborah Hersevoort

Cody Hall, 18, of Pleasanton, was sentenced to nine years in state prison for his role in a car crash that killed Deborah Hersevoort.

Hersevoort, a 58-year-old from Dublin, was riding her bicycle with her husband, Johannes Hersevoort, on Foothill Road when Cody Hall crashed into them. Police said the speed limit in that area is 40 m.p.h., but Hall was traveling over 80 miles per hour at the time of the collision. Hall was trying to pass another vehicle by unlawfully crossing double parallel lines when he lost control of his car and crashed into the Hersevoorts. Deborah was killed while Johannes suffered a broken leg.

Hall was initially charged with manslaughter, but his driving history and incriminating tweets caused law enforcement officials to enhance the charges to murder. He had tweeted, “Drive fast live young” and “Someone come on a death ride with me!”