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Driver who killed Dublin cyclist charged with murder

Original post made on Aug 14, 2013

The Pleasanton teen who ran down and killed a bicyclist on Foothill Road on June 9 had his charges elevated to murder and was taken into custody in court Wednesday morning. Cody Matthew Hall, 18, was led out of court in handcuffs after Superior Court Judge Hugh Walker ordered him held without bond.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 1:03 PM

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I'm sure this will knock that smile right off of his face. Tough way to grow up. Maybe this will teach him to THINK before he does something that might hurt others.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

This is the most disturbing that I have ever read on this blog.

May Mrs. Hersevoort Rest in Peace.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Sue,

"Maybe this will teach him to THINK before he does something that might hurt others."

Wouldn't your statement support the argument that the youngster didn't realize his behavior could cause death?

Mike


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Posted by Smiley Face
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

When you're driving 87 mph recklessly down Foothill Blvd, you are almost certain to run into something or someone. At 18, he should know that. No excuses.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Mike wrote: "Wouldn't your statement support the argument that the youngster didn't realize his behavior could cause death?"

God help us all if 18-year old drivers don't realize that going 83 mph down a 40 mph road has a high probability of causing death.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 15, 2013 at 6:58 am

Smiley Face and Sam,

Sue seems to think that the murder charge will teach him to think before he does something to hurt others, which implies that she believes he didn't realize such when he was speeding down Foothill. If he didn't, however, then the murder charge would not apply. This is an interesting logical paradox.

Mike


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

I don't think that Sue or anyone else here thinks that Cody Hall is so insane and divorced from reality that he didn't realize at some level that he could seriously injure or kill someone by going 83 mph down Foothill Road, In fact, that may have added to the excitement of the act in his view. I'm no psychiatrist but I would guess that he was in a state of "reckless indifference" when speeding down Foothill on that day. And, yes, "reckless indifference" can be used as the basis of a murder charge against him. See my previous post from another thread below:

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Yes, the charges were upgraded from vehicular manslaughter to murder. Vehicular manslaughter is charged in the case of a death caused by the "negligent" operation of a motor vehicle. For a charge of murder, there has to be the intent to kill OR a "reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life (sometimes described as an "abandoned and malignant heart")" (Wikipedia: murder Web Link ).

Apparently, the DA's office felt that the driver's behavior crossed the line from mere "negligence" to "reckless indifference" to the lives of others on the road. I agree. Causing a death while going, say, 10 to 15 mph over the 40 mph speed limit might be described as "negligent" operation of a car. But going 43 mph over the 40 mph speed limit (that is, 83 mph) definitely qualifies as "reckless indifference" to the lives of all others on the road. Just glad that he didn't mow down an entire family of bicyclists while he was pulling this stunt.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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Posted by Spin Doctor
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

can't wait for the excuse to go 83 in a 40


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 16, 2013 at 5:27 am

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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

I am wondering how Mr Hall is liking his stay in jail.
No fast cars there or internet access to brag about his
driving.
Life is quite different on the 'inside' for Mr Hall.
No one there cares how fast or reckless he drives.
Sad that this young man has ruined his life this way.


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