MV driver arrested in deadly pedestrian crash Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Family members of the man killed in a grisly car accident last month reacted with relief June 10 to the news that police have arrested the driver of the vehicle that killed William Ware as he waited for his bus on the morning of June 21.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 5:47 PM
Posted by Dan, a resident of the Stierlin Estates neighborhood, on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm
This incident sound very similar to a fatal traffic collision on Treat Boulevard in Concord on April 7. A 17 year old kid drove aggressively and killed two bicyclists. The victims were Solaiman Nuri, 41, and daughter Hadessa Nuri, 9.
Why would anybody drive that aggressively? Some new video game, movie or TV show? Drugs or alcohol?
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Did they run drug and alcohol tests at the scene that day? Was distracted driving (cell phone, food or whatever) a factor? It is so wrong that someone lost their life waiting for a bus. I really hope Mr. Pumar serves jail time AND is never allowed to drive again. It would be justice for him to have to take the bus for the rest of his life.
The memorial with all the flowers and candles for Mr. Ware at that bus stop is both beautiful and extremely sad. It is touching to see how many people liked him and miss him.
Posted by old saw, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm
Looks like Mr. Pumar possibly did a mighty fine job of scrubbing his online persona before agreeing to turn himself in to the authorities. All that seems to remain are a couple of cached Facebook likes on stuff that appears to connect to UC Berkeley, but his own FB presence is long gone. Imagine that. Sure would be interesting to see what he posted there after the incident.
Making generalizations here, but he looks like one of those spoiled 21yo precious little snowflakes, probably working somewhere in the social media space and thinking he's all that, to whom "little people" don't matter. At least he didn't get any yoga teachers fired, too.
Posted by MTV Res, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm
@ OLd Saw, I like your post and was thinking the same thing. Matthew Pumar, had two and a half weeks to get his story straight, hire a attorney and delete his online presence. I see he is a graduate of UC Berkely. He didn't sit in jail for a minute. He turned himself in with his attorney and had a Bail Bondsman with him.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm
this person is hopeless, he deserves a felony and to be in jail, he should never be given a drivers license again ... unfortunately justice won't be served in this one as the law does not yet recognize cell phone use while driving as a DUI
this accident should never be forgotten but its just a gross misdemeanor, he'll probably change his name and be like it never happened
Posted by timo, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 1:18 am
the guy turns himself in accompanied by his lawyer and a bailsbondsman, immediately posts bail and is released. i don't think he will do any serious time, not the time he should do. when you drive like he was allegedly driving its no accident when someone gets hurt or killed. manslaughter is for accidents.
Posted by Local Rationalism, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 3:43 am
It's easy to project our anger onto this young man and make up stories: he was using drugs, it's the fault of video games, he's a spoiled brat, showing up with a lawyer proves guilt, etc. But it pays to maintain a little rationality here.
1. Everyone is entitled to representation by a lawyer. He wasn't arrested until there was enough evidence. Would you want to pay to keep someone in jail for two weeks only to find out the cause was brake failure?
2. Two people lost there lives that day. This young man won't be the same, jail or not. He isn't special in this. Over 50,000 Americans are killed in auto accidents every year. Who knows why he was speeding? It only takes being in a rush to get to work once to end someone's life. We don't know yet. That's why we have court cases. Vilifying him on the internet because he "scrubbed his Facebook profile" is pointless. How do you know he had much of a profile if he deleted it so effectively?
3. Should he be found guilty, I would much rather he spend his time making restitution to the surviving family than rot behind bars at society's expense. Make him the poster boy for the importance of safe driving. Send him to schools to tell his story as a warning to new drivers. We have too many people locked up who pose no danger to others already. Revoke his license and don't renew it until he can prove he's no longer a threat.
I hope the Ware family can find some peace in time. I understand the anger in the comments, but I think it hurts more than it helps.
Posted by EDWIN, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:51 am
The speed limit on CA Ave is 35MPH. You should be able to stop your car suddenly in about 50 meters. Instead this guy was going way over the speed limit according to witnesses and couldn't stop his car within those 50 meters and instead takes out a bus top, steel poles and a water main. And some guy above blames it maybe on poor brakes? How about reckless acceleration.
Anyway, I blame Bill Clinton. Do a wrong, deny, deny, deny, diminish, diminish, diminish, change the meaning of words, discuss the meaning of the word "is", get a good lawyer, reform you image superficially, and walk free.
That is what will happen to this guy. Mark my words.
Posted by neighborhood, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm
@ Edwin don't forget the two large trees his car hit and knocked over with all the large roots being pulled up from the ground. Finally the third tree approx 220 ft from the initial hit of the victim stopped him disabling his car.
Posted by use to live in mtv, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm
To bad the mermorial service wasn't recorded, so this reckless Matthew would be able to watch about the life that he took! all that Bill was, all that Bill did, all the lives he touched and all the lives Bill will touch no more:( the pain that this young man Matthew has caused to so many. Matthew was a careless driver, The news said he was going 90 mies an hour REALLY Matthew! The reason he didn't run was because there was so many witnesses to keep him there. Anger you say? it's not anger it's that this punk took a awesome life and for what? Did you hear the story on how Bill road the bus on Thanks Giving for four hours to bring someone a Turkey? I bet Matthew has never even considerd doing something so selfless like that! the reason I can say this is because someone who cares about people like Bill did doesn't drive 90 miles an hour.
Posted by EDWIN, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm
I guess the point is that if the President of the United States can't even admit he committed a wrong, then why should/would any one else! Just lawyer up, reform your image (and maybe seek rehab or religious councilling), and you're on your way and soon as the public has been duped into thinking it was just a minor lapse of judgement.
Posted by MVer, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 8:24 am
@ old saw
What if I told you that your assumption of who he is could not be more wrong? Let's judge him solely by the actions that took place not by some false caricature constructed out of anger and assumptions.
Posted by Ken, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 8:58 am
It sure is good to set in judgement of an individual when any one of you could be selected for jury duty to determine this young man's guilt or innocence. What if you knew this young adult had an unblimished driving and criminal record, a college graduate and a loving son of proud parents. Yes, it is a terrible crash but how does one know that an equipment malfunction occurred or the tri-light signal was in bad operation order. Go ahead all you self-righteous hypocrite and bury this young man because we have such a perfect world in MV.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:44 am
The reality is that Matthew is your brother. He's your cousin. He's your son. He's literally just a kid that did something that started stupid and became CONSIDRABLY more very quickly.
He's not a monster though. He's just a kid.
A 21 year old kid.
A 21 year old kid with no accidents or speeding tickets on his record. Probably never even been in a fight, but he is a college graduate.
A 21 year old college graduate that was speeding. Why he was speeding, no one knows, but I don't know a single 21 year old that hasn't ever done it. I also don't know many that haven't accidentally run a red light, but this particular time, something was in the road and he swerved to avoid it.
Tragically, he hit Mr. Ware. The only thing we can be certain of is that he hit Mr. Ware at a speed that meant he probably didn't feel much pain, though obviously his family feels his loss. Everyone should grieve his loss because it happened in a way it shouldn't have. In an ACCIDENT.
It's easy to try and create a monster because an innocent man died, but we can't forget that we've all made mistakes, but not all of us have had such poor luck that someone died from our mistakes.
We shouldn't forget that this careless accident was an accident. There was no malice involved, though it seems many want to read malice into the act. It's not an issue of money vs. poverty, though people want to believe it is. It's an accident. A terrible accident that took someone's life. Why should we condemn another life because of this one tragic mistake? Shouldn't we use this as an example to teach others so it doesn't happen to them?
Ever since I heard about this accident I couldn't help but wonder if it had been me driving. Or my brother. Or my cousin. Or my son. Just a generally good kid who made a horrible mistake, looking at a future uncertain...
I also couldn't help but imagine the other side of it. If it were me at the bus stop. Or my brother. Or my cousin. Or my son. Would we have wanted this young man's life to be ended with ours?
It's a terrible tragedy. We should mourn the loss of Mr. Ware. But be wary of casting off judgment. Maybe Matthew could still be the kid that grows into the man that eventually saves your life. Or your brother's. Or your cousin's. Or your Son's...
Or would we have wanted it to be a lesson for him to teach the rest of us?
Posted by Jesslyn Brundy, a resident of another community, on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:57 am
@oldsaw: This is my cousin and he didn't do any "scrubbing" of his online persona, first off. He probably shouldn't have been driving the way he was but drugs/alcohol was not an issue-he's very smart, congenial, and family oriented. Things like this happen all the time and it's a shame that the best of us make mistakes like this but time will go on and soon enough another accident will happen and every one move on to judge that individual as if they were God much like what's happening now.
Posted by Old Ben, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:01 am
It was not an ACCIDENT. It was negligence. There were plenty of witnesses, there's no doubt whatsoever about what happened. He's not some innocent kid. He's a grown man whose arrogance behind the wheel killed someone. People must be held accountable for their actions behind the wheel.
The coddling going on here reminds me of that filthy acupuncturist who killed that poor old man last year in a hit and run. She's from Saratoga, oodles of money there, and she got off with one year's suspension of her license. Don't tell me the judgement would've been the same if she'd been from East Palo Alto.
This kid needs some serious jail time, at the very least, and no driver's license, EVER.
Posted by never ever, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:16 am
I have never ever sped through a red light in a residential area (or any other area). Also, I have never run a red light when turning left.
Seems to me that this driver committed 4 moving violations at the same time: speeding, running a red light, making an illegal left turn, driving on the sidewalk. Each violation is a separate choice that the driver had to make. While some people may consider one violation to be a stupid youthful mistake, there is no way that any reasonable person would consider 4 seriously bad decisions to be "an accident".
Posted by resident, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm
REALLY!!! You must not keep up with what some of the witnesses are saying that MATTHEW was a well-known speeder and had been warned about his driving a year ago, too bad he didn't harken to this warning, so Bill could still be alive and well living the life he lived as a person who help others! Forgiveness I'm all for, but defending him and trying to find excesses for him not at all! No car malfunction, or trying to avoid hitting another car, the only reason he was trying to avoid another car was because he ran a red light!!!The other car was in the right away GREEN Light. Quit trying to rationalize this, Matthew was careless, and people are suffering now because of it!
Posted by ANON, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm
REGARDLESS of what "witnesses" (a.k.a. randomg people on blogs(a few of which have said specifically "it may not have been him but it was a car that looked like the one in the accident".)) are saying, the CALIFORNIA DMV shows no record of any traffic accidents, speeding violations, tickets, etc..
I tend to trust their information considering it is what will be admissible in court.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm
@"This is my cousin and he didn't do any "scrubbing" of his online persona" YES HE DID!
"first off. He probably shouldn't have been driving the way" (PROBABLY!) what are you like 2yrs old?
"he was but drugs/alcohol was not an issue-he's very smart"
More like VERY DUMB.
"congenial, and family oriented" Yeah well Bill was Family oriented too,and friends and stranger and community,but guess what your “smart cousin took that away!
"Things like this happen all the time and it's a shame that the best of us make mistakes like this but time will go on and soon enough another accident will happen and every one move on to judge that individual as if they were God much like what's happening now".
No one is judging him as if we were God we Judging him for what he did! There is a difference.
and not everyone will move on , not Bills Friends and family. Bill may have not meant anything to you but he did too many.
Posted by Old Ben, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Well, I googled (LOL, name becomes verb, you'd better let them do what they want), and my money hunch is correct. He was born into wealth.
And he deleted his Facebook account, probably AFTER the accident. Witnesses said that after he finished killing Mr. Ware and crashed into an immovable object, he got out of the car WITH HIS CELL PHONE IN HIS HAND and said, "Did I do that?"