Car salesman killed in crash during test drive at Calif. CarMax; driver arrested

Posted at 6:48 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 20:48:33-05

ONTARIO, Calif. — A used car salesman was killed when a vehicle crashed during a test drive at a CarMax in Ontario, and the prospective car buyer was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Tuesday afternoon.

A fatal crash occurred about 12:45 p.m. near the CarMax at 4100 Inland Empire Blvd., Sgt. Jeff Higbee of the Ontario Police Department confirmed to KTLA.

A 28-year-old from Union City, Alex Demetro, was driving a vehicle when the car collided with a tree, killing the 43-year-old male passenger, the salesman, Higbee said.

Demetro was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

The suspect was not believed to have been under the influence of alcohol but investigators were looking at whether drugs were a contributing factor, Higbee said.

The victim was from Montclair, according to the sergeant.

It was not clear what type of vehicle Demetro was driving during the crash. Police were expected to release more information later Tuesday evening.