A 28-year-old Bay Area man who allegedly crashed a Corvette during a test drive, killing a CarMax salesman, failed to turn up for a court day and is now considered a fugitive.
Alex Demetro of Union City bailed about 5 a.m. Feb. 24, a day after he allegedly crashed into a tree during a test drive in Ontario. The crash left 43-year-old Warren Smale of Montclair, an employee at the CarMax, dead.
Witnesses told KTLA the sports car was going at least 70 mph.
Demetro had posted $100,000 bail, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said in announcing Tuesday that he was considered a fugitive.
Demetro was charged March 7 with one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving while under the influence of a drug causing injury, and driving when privilege suspended or revoked with priors.
He was scheduled to appear in court on the day he was charged but did not show up, prompting an arrest warrant to be issued, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing court records.
A criminal complaint against Demetro listed previous convictions for driving with a suspended license in 2009 and twice in 2013.
Demetro is 6 feet 2 inches tall, 160 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes, according to county inmate records.
Anyone with information on Demetro’s whereabouts should contact Ontario police Officer Brian Olivo at 909-395-4646 or, to remain anonymous, 800-78-CRIME.