Well-known Brunswick resident dies in single-car crash

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BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick native known by police and town councilors alike died Tuesday night after his 1993 Chevrolet van struck a tree on Woodward Point Road.

Police found Alvah Luce, 62, of Harpswell Road, in his vehicle around 8 p.m., about a quarter-mile from his camp on Chase Lane. Cmdr. Marc Hagan said police are not sure how Luce lost control of the van, adding that  the state medical examiner’s office planned to do a toxicology report.

Hagan said police do not believe alcohol as a factor. “We think it could have been a medical issue,” he said. 

Hagan said there were no skid marks to help determine how fast Luce was traveling. The crash occurred on a relatively straight portion of the road. Hagan also said that Luce’s vehicle appeared to go off the right side of the road before crashing into a tree on the left side.

Luce, who once ran ALS Heating, was known by Brunswick police, whom he frequently visited to voice complaints. He also attended Town Council meetings, where he often criticized police and town officials.

Earlier this year, Luce showed up to a council meeting wearing his bathrobe. An imposing figure, Luce was also known to hover near the podium during public comment.

“He was a colorful, local character,” Hagan said. 

Hagan said Luce’s vehicle suffered extensive damage to its front end. Hagan wasn’t sure if Luce had been wearing his seat belt. 

Hagan said Luce’s nearest relative, a sister living in Washington, has been notified of his death.

Steve Mistler can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 123 or smistler@theforecaster.net