Bourne, MA — A hit-and-run accident on the Sagamore Bridge killed a 44-year-old Israeli citizen on Thursday night. State Police appealed to the public on Friday for help locating a dark pickup truck thought to be responsible for creating the fatal chain reaction crash.
Along with the fatality, one driver was ejected and five others were injured and the Sagamore Bridge was closed to traffic both ways for hours.
The pickup truck sought by police was merging from the Scenic Highway onto Route 6 eastbound around 8 pm local time Thursday. The left side of the truck struck a 2004 GMC Sierra that was traveling in the same direction toward the bridge.
The impact sent the Sierra across the median and into oncoming traffic. It hit a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country minivan head on. the van was being driven by the Israeli citizen, later identified as Amanon Bogomolsky.
The driver of the Sierra was ejected from his truck and suffered life-threatening injuries. Several passengers also in the van were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe.
A spokesman with the Israeli Consulate in Boston explained that Bogomolsky was visiting the United States with his 12-year-old son. The pair, along with two adults and two children, were vacationing in Massachusetts after they celebrated the bar mitzvah of one passenger. The survivors are receiving help from the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.
State Police released a better description of the truck thought responsible for the Sagamore Bridge accident on Friday, saying:
“We are seeking a dark-colored pickup truck, possibly with minor to moderate damage to its left front end or left side, which was last seen leaving the scene heading east on Route 6.”
O’Keefe publicly asked for the driver of the pickup to come forward. He explained, “We just would like to speak with him or her.” Anyone with information about the truck thought responsible for the Sagamore Bridge accident is asked to call the State Police in Bourne at (508) 759-4488.
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