LOWELL (CBS) – Investigators are trying to figure out how a tragic pedestrian crash happened on Interstate 495 in Lowell Saturday morning.

Massachusetts State Police said around 3:20 a.m. a Ford F-150 truck was driving south near Exit 37 on the Lowell-Chelmsford border when the driver hit a man who was walking in the second travel lane.

That man has been identified as Lawrence Perham, 39, of Bradford, Maine. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Chelmsford Fire Department said a dog was also found dead nearby. It is not yet known why the man was in the road, but firefighters believe the dog got loose and he was trying to retrieve it.

No charges have been issued against the driver of the truck, a 61-year-old Chelmsford man who was transported to Lowell General Hospital.

A car belonging to the pedestrian was pulled over on the side of the road at the crash scene.




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