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Pumar sticks with not guilty plea

Original post made on Jan 15, 2013

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 14, 2013, 4:12 PM


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Imagine a world where a person, group, organization etal admitted guilt when guilt is real. Think of all the time, energy and $$'s we could devote to advancing human life.

Integrity as the norm. Hard to imagine isn't it. Consider what that means.

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Old Mountain View
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"

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Let's all take this as a reminder not to speed, especially not in built-up areas where pedestrians are likely to be around.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
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.

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Posted by Savings
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jan 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Who needs a fair trial or a justice system? Presumption of innocence? Bah! The all-knowing MV Voice bloggers can just handle this all online.

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Posted by Mountain View Mom
a resident of Shoreline West
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.