OAKLAND — Police have determined that speed was the primary cause of an accident that took an Oakland man’s life in November.

Alcohol was found to be a contributing factor in the accident, police said.

Estanislao Garcia, 24, was driving on Webb Road early on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 10, when the car hit a utility pole. Garcia was killed and thrown from the vehicle.

His passenger, Mitchell Lougee, also 24, of Nashua, N.H., was injured in the crash.
The car and two utility poles were destroyed by the force of the impact.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey estimated that Garcia’s 2013 Subaru was traveling at more than 80 mph when he lost control of the vehicle.

At the time, police said they believed alcohol played a major role in the accident.

On Friday, Waterville police released a statement that said speed was the primary cause of the accident, while alcohol was a contributing factor.

At the time of the crash, Garcia’s blood alcohol level was .128 percent, about one-and-a-half times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said the conclusion was drawn based on the police investigation and a report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287
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