The death of a Mountain View man who was well known around town could have been easily prevented, according to relatives.
"Someone who is doing the right thing, sitting at a bus stop is killed by something that is 100 percent preventable," Jim Ware said, referring to the death of his brother, William, who was killed in a grisly car accident on June 21 near the intersection of California Street and Escuela Avenue. He was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency responders, police said.
Though police are still conducting their investigation, the surviving Ware and his daughter, Dolores Marquez, said witnesses to the accident told them the car that killed the long-time Mountain View resident was likely traveling around 70 mph -- twice the posted speed limit of 35 mph -- when the driver lost control and careened off the road shortly before 9:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of California Street, taking out two trees, a pole and dismembering the "gentle giant," as the deceased Ware was described by a local man who knew him.
As family members make arrangements for Ware's funeral and memorial service -- which will be open to the public -- they are also pushing for the arrest and conviction of a driver whose reckless driving, they say, led to the fatal accident.
"All we want is justice for Billy," Marquez said, noting that the family is not seeking to gain financially from the incident.
Ware will be dearly missed by many in the community, according to a man who knew him well.
The 50-year-old Ware could very well have been on his way to the library when, according to police, he was hit by a gray sedan, driven by a 21-year-old Mountain View man.
Cornell Fowler, the local man who described the victim as a "gentle giant," said Ware was a common sight at the Mountain View Public Library.
"He rode that bus every day," Fowler said of Ware, referring to the bus he was apparently waiting for at the time of the accident. According to Fowler, Ware was known by most library regulars, as well as fire, police and other city officials.
He also often spoke in City Council meetings, always noting that he was "happy to be here."
"He was such a cheerleader for Mountain View," he said, noting that the victim loved to help out at the library or whenever he came across police or fire department staff working. "He was one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet. He was probably waving at the car that hit him."
Police are not yet releasing the name of the 21-year-old Mountain View man who they say was driving the car that hit Ware. However, Wylie said, neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash; the driver remained on the scene after the crash and cooperated with police before he was ultimately transported to a local hospital.
The driver has yet to be arrested. A full investigation must be conducted before police can levy a charge of reckless driving or vehicular manslaughter, Wylie explained.
Photos posted to the Voice's website by an apparent witness to the accident show that the car involved was severely damaged with a mangled hood, smashed windshield and at least one tire bent on its axle to the point that it is nearly parallel to the flat ground beneath it.
Ware's brother, Jim, said he understands that police must follow a certain protocol when investigating accidents such as this, but he is somewhat surprised that the driver of the car was not arrested on site and Marquez commented that she believes it is time to identify the man.
Services will be held in remembrance of Ware at Spangler Mortuary, 799 Castro Street in Mountain View, on Thursday June 28, Ware's niece, Marquez said. The service begins at 6 p.m. and will run until about 8 p.m. Parking will be limited she said.
"All are welcome" to the celebration of Ware's life, she wrote in an email to the Voice. "Bill is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his father William Ware of Asheville, N.C.; his brother Jim and Jim's wife Helen of Placerville, Calif.; his sister Heather (Ware) Bogle and her husband Rich of Astoria, Ore."