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ONTARIO, Calif. — A CarMax salesman in California was killed when the prospective buyer crashed the red Corvette they were riding in during a test drive.

According to KTLA, the prospective car buyer, 28-year-old Alex Demetro, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Tuesday afternoon.

The fatal crash happened around 12:45 p.m. near the CarMax on Inland Empire Blvd., Sgt. Jeff Higbee of the Ontario Police Department told KTLA.

Demetro was driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed when he lost control and hit a tree, a police report stated. Many witnesses said the vehicle was going at least 70 mph.

The CarMax salesman, 43-year-old Warren Smale, was taken to San Antonio Regional Hospital where he later died.

Demetro was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence of drugs. Investigators said they don’t believe the suspect was under the influence of alcohol, but they are looking into whether drugs contributed to the wreck.

Smale’s co-workers gathered at the crash site Tuesday night.

“He was the guy at work that it didn’t matter what kind of day you were having, he was there for you,” co-worker Lydia Garrett said. “He would make you laugh. He would make you smile.”

CarMax released a statement saying: “Our hearts and prayers go out to our associate’s family. CarMax is working closely with the authorities on the investigation.”