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Ontario, CA Man Arrested Under Suspicion of Vehicular Manslaughter

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A man frim Union City has been arrested for killing an auto dealer from CarMax during a test-drive of a vehicle in Ontario.

Details about the Fatal Accident

NBC Bay Area is reporting that a man from Union City was arrested on Tuesday under suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and for driving under the influence after he crashed a sports he and a used car dealer were test-driving in Ontario in Southern California, according to police.

The suspect in question, 28-year-old Alex Demetro, was allegedly using drugs when the red Chevrolet Corvette he was driving at nearly 70 miles per hour hit a light pole and then crashed into a tree at about 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, at the intersection of Mercedes Drive and Concours Street, according to Ontario Police.

Demetro and the car dealer, who has been identified as 43-year-old Warren Smale, were both taken to the San Antonio Community Hospital in critical condition. Smale, from Montclair, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

On Wednesday, the makeshift memorial honoring the car dealer was growing at the site of the accident.

Smale was riding in the passenger seat of the car as Demetro was taking the Corvette on a short test-drive from a CarMax dealership. Smale was an employee at the dealership.

At the time of the accident, police say that Demetro was high on prescription drugs and was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed the car. Demetro was then arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and for driving under the influence of drugs.

One of Smale’s coworkers indicated that Smale likely had no idea about the man’s condition when he took him out, stating that if Smale had known about it, he wouldn’t have let the man go behind the wheel of the car.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is encouraged to contact the Ontario police.

Important Information about Speeding

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Fatalities related to speeding went up 2 percent from 2011-2012.
  • In 2012 alone, nearly 37 percent of male drivers ages 15-20 were involved in fatal crashes caused by speeding.
  • In the same year, 24 percent of female drivers in the 15-20 age group were involved in fatal accidents caused by speeding. 


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