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Mountain View driver arrested in deadly pedestrian crash

Original post made on Jul 11, 2012

Police Tuesday arrested the 21-year-old Mountain View man they say hit and killed a well-known resident in a grisly June 21 collision on California Street.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 8:08 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by who is he?, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

Anyone know Matthew Pumar? Is he working or still in school? Why was he speeding down a residential street at 9:30am on a weekday?

Posted by Jared Bernstein, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

It'd be nice to know why/how Mr. Ware is "well known". I wanted to know more.

Posted by kirsten, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

Web Link

Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Why wasn't he charged with leaving the scene of an accident?! Or am I not clear on that -but if he turned himself in in July, was he on the run in meantime or was this a very late arrest (for the main charge)? I would think if he WERE on the scene he would be charged (with killing th other guy, reckless driving, running a red light, speeding and so on) owing to a pretty clear sequence of events - sped thru red light etc etc

Posted by who is he?, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The perp did not hit-and-run. I recall that he did suffer minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The cops may not have arrested him immediately because he had a good lawyer and they wanted to build a strong case before charging him. Just lucky that he did not try to flea the country in that time.

Posted by Grace, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Hi Jared,
In answer to your question, Bill Ware had special needs (but he could walk), rode the buses, talked to everybody, was known by police, fire, librarians, volunteered, was known in all of the stores and by clerks and managers, and was a sweetheart of a guy. He never met a stranger and was kind to all. He's been in Mountain View for many years.
There are previous articles about him which you can read.
He was a gentle giant.

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