Investigation into fatal Cape Elizabeth crash focuses on party hosted by teenager

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CAPE ELIZABETH — New details have emerged about the party Cole Amorello attended the night he crashed his car on Old Ocean House Road.

Amorello, 17, died April 11 from injuries received in the crash, which happened at 5 a.m. April 9.

Police Chief Neil Williams on Wednesday said the investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed against anyone who may have supplied alcohol at the party, which took place the night of April 8 and into the next morning.

Williams on Wednesday said police heard about the party from “family friends” of Amorello, but he would not elaborate on their relationship to Amorello, who was a junior at Cape Elizabeth High School.

Williams also wouldn’t say where the party took place, except that it was near the scene of the crash.

Amorello crashed his 2006 BMW sedan into a cluster of trees while driving southbound on Old Ocean House Road. He only possessed a learner’s permit and was alone in the car. Maine law requires permit holders to be accompanied by licensed drivers who are at least 20 years old.

Speed was definitely a factor in the crash, Williams said. Tests for alcohol and drugs were performed, but the results are not yet available.

Police are still interviewing people who may have been at the party, some of whom were older than 18. Williams said there were no older adults or parents present, and the host of the party was under 18.

Williams said there was no alcohol in the house prior to the party, and “if there was alcohol” police are trying to figure out where it came from and who supplied it.

Whoever brought the alcohol could be charged with supplying alcohol to minors, Williams said. It’s too soon to tell whether someone could also face charges related to Amorello’s death, he said, because there must be proof that one incident led to the other.

“I’m not sure we could prove anything happened out of that,” Williams said.

Williams said he doesn’t know how long the investigation will take, because it depends on how much cooperation police receive. He said it has also been difficult to reach people this week because of school vacation week.

A memorial service was held for Amorello April 15 at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland. A Go Fund Me page has been created to help the Amorello family with medical and funeral costs; as of Wednesday, more than $35,000 had been raised.

The Go Fund Me page, which was created by Christine Mackenzie, said Amorello donated his organs.

“Those who receive (Amorello’s organs) may find themselves to be instantly magnetic, filled with charm, charisma and boundless talent,” Mackenzie wrote. “Our wish is that Cole live on in as many ways as possible.”

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

Cole Amorello, 17, of Cape Elizabeth, died April 11 of injuries he received in a single-car crash April 9.

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I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.
  • miss you bud

    We miss you cole honestly it has been so hard going through the days without you rest easy my buddy.