ADA, Okla (AP) - The F-B-I is now looking into whether the death of a black East Central University football player from the Dallas area was a hate crime.
The Oklahoma N-Double-A-C-P says the death of 18-year-old Joseph Tusan of Arlington in a traffic crash came after a racial argument. F-B-I spokesman Gary Johnson says a preliminary investigation is under way. The report will be sent to the Justice Department in Washington.
Tusan died September 19th after being thrown from the bed of a pickup when it was hit from the rear by another truck near Ada, Oklahoma.
A white man -- Ammon Reich of Konawa, Oklahoma -- is charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the case.
Authorities say the crash came after Tusan and a group of students looking for a party had confrontations with another group and racial slurs were made.