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Pumar sentenced to one year in jail
Driver in death of pedestrian William Ware also gets three years probation
Matthew Pumar, the driver who hit and killed a Mountain View man last summer, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years probation.
Judge Allison Danner sentenced Pumar on Oct. 21 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He was convicted of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence on Sept. 12 in the death of William Ware.
Ware was killed on June 21, 2012, after Pumar sped through a red light and lost control of his car, which ran up on the sidewalk and careened into the 50-year-old Mountain View resident, who was waiting for a bus in the 1800 block of California Street.
Pumar, also a Mountain View resident, remained on the scene after the crash and was cooperative with investigators. He eventually pleaded not guilty to the charge of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. However, the jury ultimately determined that he had been driving recklessly before he lost control of his car that fateful day.
During the trial, a traffic collision expert with the Mountain View Police Department testified that Pumar's gray Audi A4 was traveling at least 46 mph at the time it hit Ware, and may have been going as fast as 62 mph -- after the car had jumped the curb of the sidewalk, had two of its tires ripped off, and plowed through a street sign. The posted speed limit on that particular stretch of California Street is 35 mph.
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Posted by Fact Checker
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Have been reading the comments on this site and others for months and am quite shocked and disappointed how today so many people come to conclusions about people or things based on zero fact or knowledge, essentially "guessing", and being so wrong.
I know Matthew, and lay-out fact below, comment only at the end of this blog entry.
In making the blog entry, I point out that many who read this and other blogs are wise, and open minded that they may not "know it all". One poster stated:
"Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Willowgate
on Oct 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm
You are all so quick to judge this situation just by reading an article. Do you know the full situation? Do you know Matthew's previous driving history? Do you know him as a person? The way you people think is disgusting. He is not a punk. You know nothing about him. "
On the other hand, other posters above have said their "guesses", which they state are fact, such as: he is a "punk", part of "the rich", "Thanks to his skin color and he was able to get a very lenient punishment. If he were any whiter, he would have been sent to the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Welcome to America", "Pumar was driving a high-performance car capable of fierce acceleration", "Disgusting. Money doesn't talk in Mountain View. It SCREAMS"
I know the facts about Matthew, no speculation or conjecture:
(i) He is a young 23 year old man.
(ii) the automobile that Matthew had was not a "high-performance car capable of fierce acceleration" but rather was an old, hand-me down car from his parents that was an old Audi which Matthew used since he was "broke" being a recent college graduate and paying tuition et al. Unlike those individuals who have "new" cars such as Prius, those of us driving old "clunkers" have to cope with the noise from an old engine when they accelerate.
(iii) Matthew has never had any traffic ticket of any type before this tragic accident.
(iv) Matthew was an exceptional, hardworking student, who could have entered a CA University right after high school, but who chose to save his parents money (they do not have "excess" and are not "rich") by going to a local community college for about one year (not 2 since he had taken required courses in high school to save his parents money),
(v) Matthew graduated an esteemed CA public University in an unheard of 2 years, not 3, again because he did not want to cost his parents money since they are typical middle class family (with an extremely difficult degree, that assists American business in the SF Area).
(vi) The accident occurred as the result of Matthew we understand seeking to avoid an individual who made a left turn at a signal, on a corner that coincidentally we understand had many other accidents and the municipality had scheduled repairs before the accident.
If we were all honest, we would admit that we all have come across an intersection when the light was green-to-yellow/turning red, and we had to make that split second decision, slam on the breaks or make the light. 100% of those I asked on some occasion during their life went through the changing light, and fortunately nothing happened. How many people are running a bit late to pick up their child and late to school, and have done the same.
Also, how many of us routinely walk across the street in cross walks or at signals, even with children, and are not looking out for drivers (child screaming in the back seat, phone ringing et al). How many people routinely make a left without looking to see if there is no traffic coming their way?? I was surprised to hear how many accidents occur of people standing on a corner (and not looking) or on a bike by individuals making a right turn, who are not attentive. Hopefully all of us become more attentive to assist all of us in not having an accident.
This time there was a series of very unfortunate events vehicle that turns as Matthew goes through intersection, a solid outstanding young man (who never had a ticket or accident in his life) coming through changing signal in his old noisy car and swerving to avoid van, individual close to the corner et al. Unfortunately, nothing "dramatic", which could not happen again and to anyone. A tragedy, but an accident.
Everyone should learn from this tragic accident. Anyone who hears of it would not logically go through any light even if it "just turned yellow" (let the car behind be angry, hopefully not rear end you in the process, which can be a separate problem which has caused many accidents itself).
It's a dreadful thing to have happened. However all of you making up cruel statements that are false should consider how you would want people to treat you or your children if you have to deal with the anguish of an event like this, would you appreciate false cruel statements to be made about you or your family member?