Police release blood test results of driver involved in fatal July 4 crash

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 24, 2013
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Thorndike — Police are working on concluding an investigation into the single-vehicle car crash in Thorndike that killed a man and seriously injured the driver and a second passenger.

Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said police recently received the results from a blood test for Alvaro Soares, 27, of Unity, who was the driver of a car that crashed while heading towards Thorndike village at 7:22 p.m. July 4.

The crash killed 23-year-old Oscar Tizon Brito, of Providence, R.I., and seriously injured Soares' sister, Kelley Soares, 22, of Cranston, R.I.

Trafton said a blood sample was taken from Soares almost four hours after the crash and determined his blood alcohol content was .07. However, Trafton said because of the amount of time that passed between when the crash occurred and when the blood sample was taken, Soares could still be charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

Soares could face additional charges in addition to the OUI charge in connection with the fatal accident, Trafton said. He said officers are in the process of finalizing the investigation and how the case proceeds will be discussed with the district attorney. Trafton said there is a possibility that after consulting with the district attorney, Soares' case could go to a grand jury or he could be issued a summons.

At the time of the crash, alcohol and excessive speed were considered factors in the investigation. Although police have not released how fast the vehicle was traveling before it struck a utility pole, previous reports indicated that Soares was driving well in excess of the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

As of Wednesday, July 24, Trafton said Soares was in stable condition and continuing to make progress in his recovery. Kelly Soares' condition was not available.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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