Malden Driver Hits, Kills Pedestrian on Route 1 in Saugus

A 30-year-old Malden man struck and killed a pedestrian
Thursday night on Route 1 North in Saugus.

The driver, in a 2003 Nissan XTerra SUV, was not injured and
no charges had been filed as of Friday morning, according to Massachusetts
State Police. Police have not released his name.

The pedestrian was 55-year-old David C. Gartland of
Cambridge. According to a preliminary investigation, Gartland was walking in
the center lane of Route 1 North near the Ferns Motel in Saugus. He was
transported to North Shore Medical Center in Lynn, where he was pronounced
dead, shortly after the crash at about 8:40 p.m.

Gartland was unresponsive at the scene, police said.

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

The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the
victim was walking in the highway, remain under investigation by State Police. 

The entire northbound side of the highway was closed for
approximately 40 minutes after the crash.