SINCLAIR, Maine — Speed and failure to negotiate a curve contributed to a crash that killed a Madawaska man last July, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department has ruled.
Sgt. Forrest Dudley of the Sheriff’s Department said Monday that Gilberto Rentas, 27, was going too fast when he came around a curve on Route 162 and crashed his vehicle into Long Lake in Sinclair nine months ago.
That determination was made after the state medical examiner’s office ruled last week that Rentas succumbed to drowning after his vehicle went into the lake.
Rentas, a former Connecticut resident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened just before 12:30 p.m. July 8.
According to Dudley, witnesses told the Sheriff’s Department that they saw Rentas veer off the roadway in his 2008 Nissan Xterra and travel through the parking lot of Long Lake Sporting Club at a high rate of speed without hitting any other vehicles. The vehicle then struck a boat launch, a dock and a boat and ended up in the lake.
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 later the same day in approximately 15 feet of water by a Maine State Police diver.