Suspect arrested in boating hit-and-run

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The suspect wanted in a ski boat hit and run that happened July 26 on the Amite River Diversion Canal, has been arrested. The crash left three people with minor injuries.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested 32-year-old Thomas J. Amorello, of St. Amant.

Agents began investigating a hit and run between two ski boats on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when a ski boat occupied by three people was rear ended and ran over by another ski boat allegedly operated by Amorello.

Using eyewitness accounts of the description of a ski boat that sped through a no wake zone just north of where the hit and run took place near the Tiki Hut, agents were able to identify and track down Amorello's boat on July 28 at his residence. Amorello's boat matched the description and also had damage to the hull.

Agents seized Amorello's boat and the victim's boat and brought them to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for further investigation. The crime lab was able to make a direct match between the damage sustained on both vessels and determined that Amorello's ski boat was involved in the hit and run.

Amorello was charged with felony hit and run, negligent injury and reckless operation of a vessel and was booked him into the Livingston Parish Jail.

Felony hit and run brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail. Negligent injury carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Reckless operation brings up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail.