A man held on for dear life to the hood of an SUV as the vehicle's driver sped up the Massachusetts Turnpike in an apparent road rage incident, some of which was caught on video obtained by NBC10 in Boston.
It started with a minor crash involving 37-year-old Mark Fitzgerald and 65-year-old Richard Kamrowski, police say. Kamrowski claims Fitzgerald sideswiped him and then when he tried to stop Fitzgerald from leaving the scene, Fitzgerald bumped him with the SUV and he ended up on the hood of the car.
Police say Fitzgerald traveled a "very significant distance" west on I-90 at speeds as high as 70 miles per hour, slowing down and accelerating when Kamrowski didn't get off.
"I thought he was going to run over me," Kamrowski told NBC10 on Friday. "I don't think he stopped, he kept going fast, slow, fast, slow, to get me to slide off."
Witnesses finally boxed in the SUV once it had stopped, preventing Fitzgerald from fleeing again. One armed witness held him at gunpoint until Massachusetts State Police got there.
Fitzgerald, of Lynn, refused to speak to NBC10 about the incident, and sprinted away from the network’s camera when questioned Friday. But his lawyer claimed Monday at his arraignment that Kamrowski took a water bottle from Fitzgerald’s vehicle and use it to pound his windshield, which made him fear for his life.
“If someone was attacking me, if someone smashed my windshield, had already tried to attack me from both sides of my car, I think my first thought would be, ‘Let’s get out of here.’ I think everybody reasonably acts to protect their own safety,” Michael Chinman, Fitzgerald’s lawyer, told the media outside court, according to CBS Boston. “I was astonished that a man would jump onto the hood of a moving car when there was, by all accounts, extremely minor contact between the cars prior to that.”
Fitzgerald, who the prosecutor says has a criminal record in Connecticut and Vermont, pleaded not guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and other violations. negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He had his license revoked and was ordered to stay away from Kramkowski.
Kamrowski, of Framingham, was charged with disorderly conduct.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo Credit: Ray Fuschetti/NBC10 Boston]
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