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Victim identified in Saugus, Mass. hit-and-run accident

Friday, June 07, 2013, 5:00pm
(NECN: Scot Yount, Saugus, Mass.) – An investigation is underway in Saugus, Mass. after the body of a 24-year-old was found in the median of a highway. Police believe the man was the victim of a hit-and-run crash.

The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Yasin Ismail of Boston's Roxbury section.

The reports of a pedestrian down in the roadway came in just before five Friday morning.

"The responding officers located a deceased male and we are currently investigating to determine cause of death," said Saugus, Massachusetts Assistant Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti.

Police closed off the roadway for more than an hour to gather evidence of what appears to have been a hit and run accident on the south bound side of the highway.

"Right now we are following up on the presumption that it is a fatal motor vehicle accident, the party leaving the scene, we've located some vehicle parts, we will attempt to identify a possible vehicle and follow up on that," he said.

At this point, police aren't saying where or what they think Ismail was doing on the roadway in the early morning hours.
Route 107 in the Saugus and Lynn area is a remote stretch of highway that has seen many accidents.

In 2011, a female pedestrian was killed while walking on the north bound side.

"It was early in the morning, we're asking for the public's assistance, if anybody saw any pedestrians on Route 107 specifically south bound to contact the Saugus Police Department," he said.

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