January 19th 2022
OAKLAND — A Hayward man who was facing murder charges for allegedly running a woman over during an argument will serve six years in prison as part of a plea deal with county prosecutors, court records show.
Jose Martinez-Ramirez, 22, pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of 57-year-old Yolanda Dunbar; in exchange, the murder charge was dropped, court records show. Martinez-Ramirez was formally sentenced to six years — with two years’ credit for time served and the potential for a 15 percent reduction with good behavior — in a hearing late last year.
According to prosecutors, Martinez-Ramirez and Dunbar argued inside Martinez-Ramirez’s car on the 800 block of 75th Avenue in Oakland, during the early morning hours of Oct. 3, 2019. Dunbar exited the car and Martinez-Ramirez then allegedly drove into her on purpose, then fled the area.
Dunbar’s body was discovered on the roadway around 5:30 a.m., police said. Martinez-Ramirez was arrested at his Hayward home later that month, and authorities recovered the car, police said in court records.
At the time, police said they didn’t believe the two knew each other and didn’t publicly comment on what may have led to the argument or Dunbar getting into the car.
Martinez-Ramirez remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and has not been transferred to state prison, records show.