Criminal charges expected in fatal traffic wreck in Ada

Monday, September 20th 2004, 6:02 am
By: News On 6

ADA, Okla. (AP) -- A driver allegedly involved in an Oklahoma hit-and-run that killed an East Central University football player from Texas surrendered Monday.

Prosecutor Chris Ross says he intends to file first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon charges against the suspect.

The victim was black. The suspect is white.

18-year-old Joseph Tusan of Arlington, Texas, was dead at the scene Sunday near Ada.

He was among nine students and players in a pickup that was hit from behind by another truck.

Three others were injured.

The driver of the other pickup, 43-year-old Amman Reich of Konawa, Oklahoma, turned himself in Monday.

Ross says Tusan and other college students who were looking for a party when they allegedly got into a confrontation with some people and racial slurs were exchanged.