Man killed on highway was ‘walking in center of road’

Massachusetts State Police said a man died after being hit by a vehicle in Saugus Thursday night.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday near the Fern Motel on Route 1 North. The driver did stop at the scene. 

The victim, identified as David C. Gartland, 55, of Cambridge, was brought to a local hospital where he died, state police said.

State police said it appears Gartland and another man were walking in the center lane of the roadway when he was hit.

The driver of the 2003 Nissan Xterra that hit Gartland, a 30-year-old Malden man, has not been charged.

The incident is under investigation.