New developments in crash that killed 4 Maine Maritime Academy students

Published: Aug. 11, 2023 at 2:05 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2023 at 5:44 PM EDT
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CASTINE, Maine (WABI) - New developments today regarding the crash that killed four Maine Maritime Academy students last December.

Another survivor of that crash has been indicted by a Hancock County Grand Jury.

Noelle Tavares, 21, of Massachusetts is facing four counts of manslaughter, four counts of aggravated OUI, two counts of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, and criminal speed.

Tavares was a passenger in the car and one of three people who survived the crash.

Hancock County District Attorney Robert Granger tells us the investigation uncovered additional evidence that Tavares quote, “aided in the unlawful conduct which directly contributed to the tragic crash and the deaths of the four young men.”

Granger says the indictment of Tavares is quote, “premised on accomplice liability.”

An arrest warrant is now out for Tavares.

Authorities have said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and the vehicle was traveling between 106 and 111 miles per hour at the time.

The driver, Joshua Goncalves-Radding, and another passenger, Dominick Gecoya, were facing the same charges as Tavares.

But, Granger told us Friday the charges against Gecoya have been dismissed, quote, ‘in the interest of justice’.

He says as facts developed in the case, they no longer supported the charges against Gecoya as the owner of the vehicle.