A motorist who helped stop last week’s wild road rage incident, when a driver sped down the Mass. Pike with a 65-year-old man clinging to his hood, said Tuesday that the experience was “quite terrifying.”
“We both thought, me and my wife, ‘that guy might get killed,’ ” said Amir Schur, 46, who helped box in the driver until police arrived. Schur’s wife, Taisha Gibson, recorded the bizarre episode on her phone.
“What if he gets thrown off the car and falls into our car?” Schur asked. “Either we try to help or it could get worse ... this is a busy highway.”
Schur reflected on the incident one day after the driver, Mark Paul Fitzgerald, 37, of Ashland, and Richard Kamrowski, a Framingham man who somehow escaped injury after riding for more than two miles on the hood of Fitzgerald’s SUV, appeared in court to face separate criminal charges.
Court records show Kamrowski’s truck and Fitzgerald’s SUV made contact on the Pike in Weston before Kamrowski got out of his vehicle and retrieved a water bottle from Fitzgerald’s passenger seat. He ended up on the hood, smashing the front windshield with the bottle as Fitzgerald’s SUV reached speeds of 70 miles per hour.
Through their lawyers, each man pointed to the other as the aggressor. Fitzgerald’s driver’s license was suspended.
Schur said that when Fitzgerald passed him on the Pike, Kamrowski implored him to call 911, so he did. Schur and other drivers were finally able to box Fitzgerald in, and a man named Frank Hernandez pulled a gun on Fitzgerald and ordered him out of his car, records show.
“That was a big help,” Schur said.
Hernandez, who along with Schur has served in the military, recounted the incident in an interview with WBZ-TV.
“I just needed to do something,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t know if the guy was armed, so that’s why I drew my weapon.”
Hernandez couldn’t be reached for further comment.
Schur said he sprang into action without hesitation.
“We all tried to help the old guy,” Schur said. “Me, the guy with the gun, another person, too. Everybody tried to help.”Emily Sweeney of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.