Still no cause of death in Sinclair crash

Posted Oct. 12, 2011, at 12:54 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 12, 2011, at 1:47 p.m.

SINCLAIR, Maine — It could be another month before officials with the state medical examiner’s office determine the cause of death of a 27-year-old Madawaska man who crashed his vehicle into Long Lake three months ago.

A spokesperson for the agency said late Tuesday evening that officials are seeking additional information before making a ruling into the cause of death of Gilberto Rentas. It likely will be another three to four weeks before that information will be returned to the medical examiner’s Augusta office.

Rentas, a former Connecticut resident, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash that happened just before 12:30 p.m. July 8.

The 27-year-old was driving a 2008 Nissan Xterra southbound on Route 162 when he failed to negotiate a curve and the car went through the parking lot of Long Lake Sporting Club, struck a boat launch, a dock and a boat and ended up in the lake.

Witnesses who were near the accident scene said that Rentas’ rental car traveled at a high rate of speed toward the lake and there were no signs that brakes were applied before the vehicle veered into the water.

Rentas died at the scene despite the efforts of volunteers who attempted to extricate him from the vehicle as it was sinking. His body was recovered in approximately 15 feet of water by a Maine State Police diver.

The vehicle, the boat launch, the dock and the boat involved in the incident all were destroyed.

Rentas’ body was immediately taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.