BIDDEFORD — At around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, a single car crash on Pool Street in Biddeford resulted in one death.

Anthony Ciccone, 20, of Pepperell, Mass., died after the car in which he was a passenger crashed into a utility pole near the West Brook Skating Rink.

The driver of the car, Christopher M. Bennett, 20, of Johnston, R.I., received non-life-threatening injuries. He has been charged with manslaughter and operating under the influence ”“ both Class B felonies.

Bail has been set at $150,000 on each count.

Prior to the accident, Biddeford Police dispatch received a call from campus police at the University of New England’s Biddeford campus, according to Dep. Chief JoAnne Fisk.

According to Fisk, the security officers said that two men who appeared to be intoxicated were causing a problem on campus, trying to forcibly enter the student residence, Sokokis Hall.

Campus security was in the process of questioning the men when they fled in a vehicle, according to a statement from the university.

They drove away in a dark-colored Ford Explorer, said Fisk.

While on their way to UNE to provide assistance, two separate Biddeford police cruisers traveling east on Pool Street saw a car traveling in the opposite direction that matched the description of the car that Bennett and Ciccone drove off in, according to Fisk.

Using radar, one of the officers clocked the car traveling 80 miles per hour in 30-mph zone, she said.

The officer attempted to turn and stop the car, but lost sight of the vehicle, said Fisk.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., the officer reported that the car crashed into a utility pole.

Ciccone was wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Bennett was taken to the York County Jail in Alfred. As of this morning, Bennett was still being held at the jail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Springvale. The felonies with which he is charged can carry sentences of 5-10 years.

Neither Ciccone nor Bennett were students at the university, said Fisk. It is believed they were visiting friends at the Biddeford campus.

After the accident, police impounded the Ford Explorer, she said.

On Sunday morning, Central Maine Power Company was at the scene of the accident replacing the utility pole into which the car had crashed, Fisk said.

The crash is still under investigation, she said.

— Staff Writer Dina Mendros can be contacted at 282-1535, Ext. 324 or [email protected].



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