Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Saugus

Massachusetts State Police Release–03072014–Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Saugus

At 8:40 p.m. yesterday troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Danvers Barracks reported to multiple calls for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Route 1 northbound in Saugus. The pedestrian, a Cambridge man, died as a result of his injuries.

Responding troopers and Saugus Police officers found the victim unresponsive in the roadway in the area of the Ferns Motel. The man was transported to North Shore Medical Center in Lynn, where he was pronounced deceased. He is identified as David C. Gartland, 55, of Cambridge.

Preliminary investigation suggests Gartland was struck as he was walking in the center lane by a 2003 Nissan XTerra sport utility vehicle operated by a 30-year-old Malden man. The driver was not injured. No charges are filed at this time.

A second man who may have been walking with Gartland when he was struck was located about 35 minutes after crash further south on Route 1, near the Home Depot. That man, a 45-year-old Palmer resident, was not injured but was transported to the hospital at his request to be with Gartland.

The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the victim was walking in the highway, remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were also assisted by Saugus Police and American Ambulance EMTs, as well as by Massachusetts Department of Transportation workers.

The entire northbound side of the highway was closed for approximately 40 minutes to accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation. Northbound traffic was diverted at Walnut Street.

No further information is being released at this time.

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