DA: doubt that merging truck caused July 4 crash

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BOURNE, Mass. (AP) - A prosecutor says the investigation of a fatal July 4th highway crash is casting doubt on the early theory that a pickup truck merging onto the road rear-ended another pickup and pushed it into oncoming traffic.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe tells the Cape Cod Times Monday a new witness came forward last week, and an examination of the pickup that crashed head-on with a minivan shows no sign it was hit in the rear. He declined to say if another pickup was involved. Authorities had said that based on witness accounts they were seeking a dark-colored pickup as a possible hit-and-run.

Forty-three-year-old Michael Furlong of Sandwich died a week after his pickup collided with the van driven by 44-year-old Amnon Bogomolsky of Israel, who died at the scene. Five in the van were hurt.