Early in The Long Kiss Goodnight, Samantha Caine is suffering from amnesia and doesn't remember her past beyond 8 years ago. We see some establishing scenes of her new life. In one we see her at a christmas party with her boyfriend and many others.
After the party, in one of the first scenes to hint that her past was somewhat different to the "frumpy school teacher" she has become, she is driving one of the guests home when the hits a deer and crashes the car. We see her ejected from the car through the windscreen (always wear your seatbelts, folks!) but the old man she was with seems to still be in the car. She kills the injured deer, establishing she has some dark skills unexpected in a schoolteacher. While she is doing this we see the car catch fire.
What happens to the old man in the car? We never see him referenced again.
And are we supposed to read the scene as a reference to how ruthless her repressed personality is (she chooses to kill the deer rather than to rescue the old guy from the burning car)?
Is the old guy dead? Are we supposed to read the scene like that? Or is it supposed to be ambiguous?