Alvaro Soares, 27, of Unity, appeared in court for the first time this week, facing several charges including manslaughter that stemmed from a fatal crash on July 4 in Thorndike.

Soares did not enter a plea when he appeared before the judge on Oct. 31 and a motion for discovery by Defense Attorney Walter McKee was continued. He is being charged with manslaughter, operating under the influence involving death, reckless conduct, aggravated driving to endanger and criminal speeding — four of the charges are felony level.

The charges are a result of a fatal traffic accident that occurred while Soares was driving in the direction of Thorndike Village. Oscar Tizon Brito, 23, of Providence, R.I., died in that crash. The crash also left Soares' sister, Kelley Soares, 22, of Cranston, R.I., with serious injuries.

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.

Soares was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 26, at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.

Tanya Mitchell contributed reporting to this story.