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Test drive turns deadly for California car salesman

A 43-year-old male employee of a CarMax dealership in Ontario died on Feb. 23 while riding along on a customer's test drive of a Corvette. A sergeant with the Ontario Police Department said the vehicle collided with a tree after the driver lost control on Mercedes Lane. Witnesses claimed to have seen the car speeding at 70 mph just before the crash.

Authorities arrested the driver, a 28-year-old man from Union City. They accused him of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs. The court set his bail at $100,000 and placed him in a San Bernardino jail.

Attempts to save the life of the car salesman proved unsuccessful after he went to San Antonio Regional Hospital in critical condition. A CarMax representative expressed condolences to his family. The company plans to cooperate fully with the police investigation of the man's death.

The results of investigations into motor vehicle accidents often provide evidence used by victims and their families to create lawsuits against negligent drivers. A person injured in a car crash could enlist an attorney to manage the details of a lawsuit. An attorney could assemble evidence of negligence from witnesses, police reports and independent investigators.

The extent of financial damages might also be tallied by an attorney. Medical bills from the initial rescue efforts could be added to the expenses of ongoing rehabilitative therapy. If the victim suffered a brain injury, then long-term disability could result. In that situation, the victim could seek compensation for lifetime therapy and support.

Source: FOX News, "Used car salesman killed in test-drive crash, driver arrested", Feb. 24, 2016

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