ONTARIO, Calif. – On Tuesday, Feb. 24, A. Demetro, 28, of Union City, was arrested after killing a CarMax employee during a test-drive.
At around 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, Demetro was test-driving a red Chevrolet Corvette when he crashed into a tree at Concours Street and Mercedes Drive with the CarMax employee beside him in the passenger seat, according to Ontario police.
The authorities believe that Demetro was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.
After the collision, Demetro and the CarMax employee, identified as a 43-year-old resident of Montclair, were transported to San Antonio Community Hospital; both men were listed in critical condition. According to the police, the CarMax employee was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Demetro went to look at cars at the CarMax auto dealership. When he saw the Corvette, he decided that he’d take it out for a test-drive. Demetro got behind the wheel, accompanied by the CarMax employee, who was riding in the passenger seat – the standard procedure for test-drives.
The police said that it appears as if Demetro was using drugs and speeding while driving the Corvette. Currently, the evidence shows that he was speeding and lost control of the car before it crashed into a tree.
Demetro has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and for vehicular manslaughter.
In a statement issued by CarMax, the company expressed its deepest sympathies for their employee.
“Today is an incredibly sad day for the CarMax family,” said officials from CarMax. “Our hearts and prayers go out to our associate’s family. CarMax is working closely with the authorities on the investigation.”
If Demetro is found guilty of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, he faces between 1 year in county jail and 10 years in prison depending on the facts of the case. That is in addition to any DUI penalties if he is found guilty.