CarMax employee killed in crash during test drive

Police said 43-year-old Warren Smale of Montlair, a CarMax employee, died after a driver crashed during a test drive on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (Warren Smale/Facebook)

A CarMax employee was killed during a test drive after the driver crashed into a tree in California, on Tuesday, according to police.

Ontario police said the crash happened on Mercedes Drive south of Concours Street at about 12:45 p.m.

Authorities stated a red Chevrolet Corvette was traveling at a high rate of speed during a test drive when it hit a tree.

Both the driver and passenger were injured, and the passenger, who was an employee of CarMax, was rushed to San Antonio Community Hospital in critical condition.

Police said the CarMax employee, 43-year-old Warren Smale of Montlair, died from his injuries.

The man test driving the car, 28-year-old Alex Demetro of Union City, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence of drugs.

In a statement, CarMax said, "Today is an incredibly sad day for the CarMax family. Our hearts and prayers go out to our colleague's family. CarMax is working closely with local authorities."

Police said their investigation was ongoing and asked anyone with information to call the WE-TIP hotline at (800) 782-7463. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
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