Thorndike crash kills one, two hospitalized

Posted July 05, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
Last modified July 05, 2013, at 10:59 p.m.

THORNDIKE, Maine — A 23-year-old man from the country of Peru was killed Thursday evening and two other people are at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with life-threatening injuries after a car crash tied to excessive speed and possibly alcohol.

Oscar Tizon Brito died at the scene of the crash on Route 220, according to Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeffrey Trafton.

The driver of the vehicle, Alvaro Soares, 27, of Unity, and passenger Kelley Soares, 22, of Cranston, R.I. were taken to EMMC. Two LifeFlight of Maine helicopters were used to transport the two injured people. One helicopter landed at Unity Raceway and the other by the True Value store in Unity.

The crash occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. as the vehicle was approaching Thorndike village, the chief deputy said.

Rescue crews from Thorndike, Unity and Troy spent two hours to free the driver from the car. Trafton said the car was wrapped around a utility pole so severely that he does not even know what type of vehicle it was. He praised the volunteer rescue crews for their effort in near 90-degree heat. One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion but was cooled and treated at the scene.

Trafton said it took so long to remove the driver because of the severity of the crash. He said in his 29 years in law enforcement he has never seen it take so long, stressing that it was because the vehicle was completely wrapped around the pole.The driver was conscious during the extrication effort, Trafton said.

The person who died in the crash had been in the front passenger seat. Kelley Soares had been in a rear passenger seat and was thrown from the vehicle.

The occupants had been at a barbecue to celebrate a family member’s birthday, Trafton said. He said speed is an obvious factor. The speed limit along that stretch of road is 30 mph but he said he suspects the vehicle was traveling at double that speed, although the investigation is still underway. That investigation is being led by Deputy Ben Seekins, the department’s reconstructionist.

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