Saugus teen dies after landing on Route 1 from overpass

SAUGUS – A 17-year-old Saugus boy has died from injuries he sustained when he jumped or fell from the Lynn Fells Route 1 overpass near Kelly’s Roast Beef, according to Massachusetts State Police.

According to an e-mail sent out by Saugus High Principal Joseph Diorio to parents this afternoon, the teenager is Felix Sacco, a senior.

Police and emergency workers responded shortly after 9 a.m. to a report that a there was an “ejection from a vehicle.”

Saugus Fire Chief James Blanchard said those who answered the call expected a car accident but only found the teenage boy in the southbound middle lane. “The injuries were severe,” said Blanchard. “We got there quite quickly but there was no one there to say what had happened.”

According to Dave Procopio, spokesman for the State Police, the investigation into whether he jumped or fell from the overpass is ongoing.

“State Police are investigating whether the victim fell, jumped or was knocked off the overpass that runs above Route 1,” according to a statement released by State Police.

Blanchard said many Route 1 overpasses have high fences to deter jumpers but the one at the scene does not. Kelly’s manager Keri Rebidue said a witness to the incident said the boy landed in front of a truck that managed to stop on the highway. The witness told Rebidue that the teen was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with a head injury.

The fatality is under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Essex County State Police Detective Unit and the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

Diorio also said in the e-mail to parents that counseling is available to students and staff in the guidance office.