Massachusetts drivers witnessed a chaotic scene on Friday afternoon when an SUV speeded down Interstate 90 with a man clinging to its hood.
What began as a minor fender bender turned into a full-blown episode of road rage after a 2016 Infiniti QX70 driven by Mark Fitzgerald, 37, of Ashland, Massachusetts, and a 2014 Ford F150 driven by Richard Kamrowski, 65, of Framingham, Massachusetts, were involved in a minor collision on Interstate 90 in Weston, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
The situation escalated quickly after state police say Kamrowski attempted to exchange paperwork with Fitzgerald.
Kamrowski took a water bottle out of Fitzgerald’s vehicle and stood in front of it on the interstate, at which point Fitzgerald accelerated toward Kamrowski who jumped onto the SUV’s hood, according to the state police.
A video obtained by an NBC affiliate in Boston shows the Infiniti speeding westbound down I-90 at speeds state police say approached 70 mph. In the video, Kamrowski can be seen clinging to the hood shouting “slow down” at Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald can also be heard in the video telling Kamrowski to “get off my car.”
“I thought he was going to run over me,” Kamrowski told NBC10 Boston after the encounter. “I don’t think he stopped, he kept going fast, slow, fast, slow, to get me to slide off.”
But Kamrowski held on to hood for a few miles until police say other drivers were able to box in Fitzgerald’s Infiniti and another bystander ordered Fitzgerald out of the SUV at gunpoint.
Fitzgerald was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon on a person over age 60, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, according to the Massachusetts State Police. Kamrowski was also charged with disorderly conduct and malicious damage to a motor vehicle after state police say he used the water bottle taken from Fitzgerald’s Infiniti to smash its windshield.