This week a Waldo County Grand Jury indicted a Unity man who police say was behind the wheel at the time of a one-car crash that left one passenger dead and his sister seriously injured.

A Waldo County Grand Jury indicted 28-year-old Alvaro Soares on charges of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, aggravated driving to endanger and criminal speed.

The charges are the result of a fatal crash in Thorndike July 4 in which 23-year-old Oscar Tizon Brito, of Providence, R.I., died. The crash left Soares' sister, 22-year-old Kelley Soares 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.

Since Soares turned himself in at the Waldo County Sheriff's Office in September on the charges relating to the crash, he has been free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Soares made his first court appearance at Waldo County Superior Court last month, but he did not enter a plea at that time, and the court continued a motion for discovery from his defense attorney, Walter McKee. Soares' next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 26, at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.

Republican Journal Editor Dan West contributed to this story.