Mountain View Voice

News - October 25, 2013

Pumar sentenced to one year in jail

Driver in death of pedestrian William Ware also gets three years probation

by Nick Veronin

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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