Pumar sticks with not guilty plea Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jan 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Matthew Pumar, the driver accused of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for allegedly hitting and killing local man William Ware last summer, maintained his not guilty plea to the felony charge at his arraignment today, Jan. 14.
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Posted by Dawn, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm
I think Pumar is guilty of being a "reckless driver" I drive in that area all of the time and think of William Ware every time I pass that intersection. The truck that was turning left most likely thought he had enough time to turn as NO ONE SHOULD BE DRIVING THAT FAST! Pumar should just plead guilty for driving too fast and take what punishment he gets. Stop making the family feel they have to fight to make you do the right thing. Haven't they been through enough? If Pumar gets off with a slap on the wrist, I think that is like telling everyone it is ok to drive that fast on that street if you are late for work. California Ave is not a freeway, don't drive freeway speeds on it or "you are going to kill someone"
Posted by Kathy, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm
The only thing Pumar is not guilty of is driving within the speed limit. His own lawyer said he 'swerved', 'lost control of the car' and 'careened'. This did not happen on 101, it happened on a city street. If he gets off I am once again disgusted with our judicial system, I wonder if his family has money? No mention of a public defender, the affluent have the resources to make these things go away, but that is an assumption on my part, so please correct me if that assumption is off base.
Posted by Mountain View Mom, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm
I can think of a couple reasons he is pleading not guilty. 1. So he can avoid his inevitable incarceration for as long as possbile. 2. He may feel that by taking this to trial he has a chance at a reduced sentance. What a piece of work he and everyone advising him is.