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'Celebration of life' service to be held at 11 a.m. today for Dublin bicyclist in fatal accident

Original post made on Jun 19, 2013

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in Dublin Heritage Park for Diana Hersevoort, the bicyclist killed in an accident on Foothill Road on June 9.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6:26 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by cyclist too, a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

How very sad to say goodbye to this wonderful woman. She was killed by a driver who photographed and posted his excessive speed on his social media accounts. Yet he remains free as a bird while the woman he effectively murdered is gone forever.

Where is the justice in that? Spare me the replies of "he will carry this with him for the rest of his life". He will not. This is simply how he lives his life, with no regard for anyone else nor any conscience when he destroys another life. Remorse? Don't make me puke. Not from the likes of this kid.

Anyone who really cares to see some justice should write to the Alameda County District Attorney and encourage her to fully charge him for his willful crime. He needs to be removed from the rest of us before he does this again. And he will do it again, it was just another day of fun and games to him.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I also support charging the 18yr. old for his crime.

From all accounts, the victim was a wonderful woman, wife, mother, daughter, etc. A tragic loss of life.


Posted by Negligence is Bliss, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I've read posts regarding this accident in various forums, and agree that this is an unfortunate occurrence. What I have a hard time agreeing with, however, is that people keep stating that the riders had no fault in this. They were riding on what everyone agrees is a very dangerous road for cyclists, knowing full well that they could be injured or even killed, yet they did it anyway. IMHO that is its own brand of negligence, and the children are left to suffer because of it.


Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

@negligence. Do your homework. Whether you are willing to believe it or not, there was no fault here on the cyclists. Rules of the road (law) state cars and bikes share the road. Regardless, the Hersevoorts were in a marked bike lane at one of the widest parts of foothill road. Stop defending a murderer.


Posted by Also Anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

@Anon - I drove past the location in honor of the woman who died. Said a quick prayer. While passing this area a bicyclist happened to be passing at the very same time. While there was an acceptable bike lane present, the curve in the road, the trees and smattering of sunlight, made for an uncomfortable pass, even while going well under the speed limit.

A horrible situation.


Posted by tc, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm

@negligence, we all take some level of risk to do something we love. That's life. Sadly, the couple was hit in a very safe part of the road. I've ridden it a hundred times. I went to the sight to pay my respects and saw damage on and above the curb...read, bike lane,that went on for nearly 130 feet before 3 ft. of any actual skid marks. How fast was that car traveling?? The riders appear to have done everything properly and the responsibility seems to be fully on the driver. If care and respect had prevailed prior to that tragic event my guess is that there wouldn't have been a car in the bike lane. This couple thought the best of their neighbors and went on a bike ride as they always had. Bliss, indeed. My prayers are with the families of all involved.


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

@negligence. There was nothing the slightest bit "negligent" about what the victims did. There is every reason to believe that they followed the law and rode within the clearly marked bike lane. There is, on the other hand, every reason to believe that what the driver did was negligent, and that he had an established history of negligent, reckless driving. He even bragged about his recklessness on social media (and posted other repugnant material) before killing this lady and injuring her husband.

Stop defending this murderer.


Posted by coffeelover, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

Why are riders on a dangerous road that a high school is on, where new drivers are obviously taking path? I feel sympathy for both parties, however it was an accident where both the driver and the riders should have taken more precaution.


Posted by pbjose, a resident of Avila
on Jun 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

What you people need to realize is that accidents happen around the bay area multiple times a day where the victim in unfortunately killed. What if that had been you driving home from work? Would you want people calling you a murderer? It was an accident. For those of you who forgot the meaning:
Noun
An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
A crash involving road or other vehicles, typically one that causes serious damage or injury.
Please try to remember that. My brother was killed two years ago in an unfortunate ACCIDENT. Yes, I lost my brother, but i never once felt anger toward the other person. I actually felt bad for the burden they will have to carry the rest of his life. It helps both of us knowing myself and my family are not angry at him.

What if this was you?


Posted by Lanelle, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Today is about celebrating this wonderful woman's life. I did not have the honor of knowing her or her family, but let's focus on her today. I have read that she was somewhat of a free spirit and that she greatly loved animals. I think she also has two grandchildren (sorry if I am wrong), children of her own and a adoring husband who she had been with for decades. It's so very sad that she was taken away so young, but I also can see how much she gave and contributed to this world just by what has been posted by her family in so little time. We should all aspire to love as she obviously did and find our passions and live them. I didn't ever know her so I really hope I'm not offending the family, but my guess is that she had a passion for animals and probably gave of herself in this way.

I do want to add that I am so much for mindful of cyclists now. I drive Foothill Road twice a day five days a week. I've never been a reckless driver and have always been courteous, but when I'm driving on a road I am sharing with someone on a bicycle, I want the family to know I think of their dearly beloved and go out of my way to provide the cyclist with as much space as possible. I don't know if you would call this a silver lining, because it's hard to imagine there is one with such an unspeakable tragedy, but do know that I know I'm not the only one who sees bicyclists differently and I realize that if there were to be an accident, no matter whose fault, the cyclist will likely lose.

Bless all of you during this time. I can only pray that you are able to find peace in what seems like an impossible situation.

Much Love,

Just a mom from Pleasanton


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hey pbjose,

"I actually felt bad for the burden they will have to carry the rest of his life. "

Did the person who caused the accident brag about driving recklessly on social media and did he have a documented history of reckless driving? This kid did. He deserves a lot more than a "burden they will have to carry the rest of his life."

You said "What if this was you?"

I don't have a history of reckless driving and have not bragged on social media about having my parents get me out of tickets and I haven't taken photographs and videos of myself speeding. Does that answer your question?




Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

@coffeelover

You said:

"and the riders should have taken more precaution."

Like what? By all accounts, they were following the law and riding safely within the bike lane.


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