ASHLAND, Maine — It likely will be another few weeks before officials at the state medical examiner’s office receive testing results to determine the cause of death of two men in two separate incidents in Aroostook County this summer.
The office has some, but not all, of the test results back that they ordered to help determine what caused the death of Gilberto Rentas, a 27-year-old Madawaska man who crashed his vehicle into Long Lake on July 8.
Rentas, a former Connecticut resident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that happened just before 12:30 p.m. that day.
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 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 later the same day 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.
Officials are still awaiting toxicology tests in order to make a final determination for the death certificate, according to a spokesperson.
Data also is still needed to determine what caused the death of a 58-year-old Presque Isle man whose body was found on Aug. 19 along a skidder trail off a logging road in Ashland.
Charlie Flint, who had a heart condition, had been missing since Aug. 9. Police believe Flint drove off the logging road and onto a skidder trail and got stuck. His body was found beside his Jeep Wrangler. His dog, a Pomeranian named Rocky, was found alive in the Jeep.