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Man convicted in connection with deaths of 2 pedestrians crossing Saugus highway in 2007


SALEM, Massachusetts — A Boston man has been convicted of leaving the scene after his pickup truck struck and killed two pedestrians crossing a Saugus highway.

Michael Tranchita was convicted Monday in a bench trial in Salem Superior Court of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death in connection with the January 2007 deaths of 33-year-old Tina Tello, of Stoneham, and 28-year-old Christopher Zullo, of Everett.

Police say the victims were trying to cross U.S. Route 1 after dark in an area not designated for pedestrian travel when they were struck.

The Daily Item of Lynn ( ) reports that Essex Assistant District Attorney Jay Gubitose introduced evidence proving Tranchita was driving the pickup that hit the pedestrians.

Two other were convicted of misleading police.

Information from: The (Lynn, Massachusetts) Daily Item,

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