COMMERCE CITY — Despite speculation from multiple Denver media sources, Adams 14 Schools officials say there was no connection between an alcohol-involved crash and an ambulance that had been dispatched to the school earlier the same day to treat students who appeared to be intoxicated.
Police said that about 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, the driver of a Dodge Neon lost control of her car and collided with a northbound motorcycle.
The motorcyclist, later indentified as Gary Melillo by the Adams and Broomfield County Coroner, died in the crash. Melillo worked as the facility manager at Martin Luther King, Jr., Early College in Denver.
Following the incident, the school issued a letter to students and parents regarding Melillo’s passing: “All of us at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College were deeply saddened by the news of this passing. His presence will be sorely missed. He was liked and respected by all those who knew him. Gary has worked tirelessly for Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College for many years. His talent for his craft was in such demand that he was charged with the duty of overseeing numerous school campuses in DPS.”
All four of the occupants of the Dodge Neon are students at Adams City High School. The driver, 16, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center in serious condition. Two 16-year-old male passengers were taken to Children’s Hospital in Aurora with non-life-threatening injuries. The fourth occupant, an 18-year-old female, was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Highway 2 was closed for more than five hours that afternoon and evening as emergency responders and police investigators worked the scene.
The two students who were suspected of being intoxicated earlier in the day at Adams City High School were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and were not involved in the crash that killed Melillo.
The Commerce City Police Department and Adams County School District 14 are working collaboratively on the ongoing investigation and to provide support services to students, families and staff. Counselors were available at Adams City High School all last week to provide support to students and staff members.
Anyone with information that can assist this investigation is asked to contact the Commerce City Police Department at 303-289-3626.
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