A 44-year-old Israeli citizen was killed during a hit-and-run crash on the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne on Thursday night, according to the State Police, who appealed to the public on Friday for help in locating a dark pickup truck that apparently triggered the fatal chain reaction crash.
The pickup truck was merging from the Scenic Highway onto Route 6 eastbound about 8 p.m. Thursday when the left front side of the truck collided with a 2004 GMC Sierra pickup truck, which was also heading eastbound and approaching the bridge, the State Police said.
The impact between the truck and the Sierra sent the Sierra across the median and into the westbound lanes of traffic where it slammed into a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country minivan being driven by the Israeli man, State Police said.
The Israeli man was fatally injured and several passengers in his vehicle were injured and taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said. The vehicle was rented in New Jersey.
He was identified by O’Keefe as Amanon Bogomolsky, who was visiting the US with his 12-year-old son. He said the son was in the minivan when the accident occurred.
According to a spokesman for the Israel Consulate in Boston, the people in the minivan were vacationing in Massachusetts after recently celebrating the bar mitzvah of one of the passengers. In total, there were three adults and three children in the van at the time of the crash, the spokesman said.
The survivors are being assisted by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.
Bogomolsky’s wife is on the way from Israel to Massachusetts, authorities said.
The driver of the Sierra, a 43-year-old Sandwich man, was also injured and was taken to South Shore Hospital for treatment of what State Police called serious injuries. His name was not released.
State Police are looking for the pickup truck and its driver. On Friday, they released a more precise description of the vehicle that fled the scene.
“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,’’ the State Police statement said.
O’Keefe called upon the driver of the truck to come forward. “We just would like to speak with him or her,” he said.
Anyone with information about the truck should call State Police barracks in Bourne at 508-759-4488.