Two men had a minor sideswipe on a turnpike in Massachusetts last week about 20 miles west of Boston. They both pulled over to give each other their information. That’s when things took a very bad turn and road rage ensued. Cellphone footage showed the terrifying rush hour event. This happened around 4:30 pm on Friday.
Richard Kamrowski, 65, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck when this went down. He was talking to Mark Fitzgerald, 37, who was driving an Infinity SUV. An argument broke out and things went from bad to worse.
Kamrowski reached into Fitzgerald’s SUV and took a bottle of water. Fitzgerald got behind the wheel of his SUV and started to leave. He acted like he would drive right over Kamrowski, who then jumped on the hood of the SUV and held on in an attempt to stop Fitzgerald according to state troopers. For about three miles Fitzgerald sped up and slowed down his SUV trying to shake Kamrowski off which would have killed him. At one point the SUV was going in excess of 70 mph.
“I thought he was going to run over me and, I don’t know, I don’t think he stopped, he just kept going fast then slow, fast then slow trying to get me to slide off, and I wasn’t getting off the car,” Kamrowski told Boston 25 News. Kamrowski broke the SUV’s windshield with the water bottle according to police.
A number of other drivers attempted to stop Fitzgerald but that didn’t work. However, when Fitzgerald slowed down to a stop because of traffic, a good guy with a gun and a concealed carry permit got out of his vehicle and went around to Fitzgerald and ordered him out of the car. Just then the police showed up and arrested Fitzgerald and Kamrowski. The good guy with a gun was not charged… he was commended for ending a potentially deadly encounter.
“The SUV driver ultimately came to a stop, we believe with the intervention of some Good Samaritans, and was taken into custody by responding troopers,” Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said.
Fitzgerald refused to answer questions from reporters. He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon against a person over 60, negligent operation and leaving the scene of a crash causing property damage and Kamrowski faces disorderly conduct and malicious damage to a motor vehicle charges. Both should have been charged with reckless endangerment in my book.
The two men were released on personal recognizance bonds and ordered to appear for arraignment in district court on Monday in Waltham, Massachusetts.
“I was assaulted. That’s it,” Kamrowski told NBC Boston. “I just kept telling him, ‘Stop the car, stop the car,’ and he wouldn’t stop.”
I saw an episode of Mythbusters that showed how holding on the way Kamrowski did to the hood of the SUV at that speed should have been impossible. He’s very lucky to be in one piece. Kamrowski said he’s just happy to be alive. “When you’re hanging on for dear life, it’s, you know, pretty scary,” he stated.
Once again we see a good guy with a legal gun saving the day. He should get a medal. It’s a wonder no one got hurt here.