On March 15, a man accused of crashing a Corvette while on a test drive and killing the car salesman who was with him turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.
The man had already been arraigned in February for killing a 43-year-old man who was a passenger in a Corvette that the 28-year-old man was test driving. The car smashed into a tree, allegedly when it was traveling at a high rate of speed. The fatal accident happened just a mile northeast of the Ontario International Airport on Mercedes Driver.
Ontario police said that the man was under the influence of prescription drugs, although the specific type of drug was not disclosed. He is facing charges for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving on a revoked or suspended license and driving under the influence of drugs. The crash occurred on Feb. 23 and the next, the man posted a bail amount of $100,000. His bail has now been set at $500,000, although it is not clear why the man was re-arraigned on the charges, why he was declared a fugitive or why his bail amount was increased.
There are reportedly witnesses who told police that before the crash, the car was speeding. The victim in the crash survived the initial impact, but succumbed to his injuries at the San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland.
When someone is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both and is responsible for an accident, the accident victims have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and much more. An attorney who is experienced in personal injury lawsuits can provide you more information about how to proceed.
Source: Daily Bulletin, “Fugitive suspected in Ontario car salesman’s death turns himself in,” Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun, March 21, 2016