Both men involved in a road rage incident on the Massachusetts Turnpike Friday afternoon have histories with law enforcement, according to documents from multiple states.
Mark Fitzgerald, 37, and Richard Kamrowski, 65, both claim the other is to blame for a road-rage incident that led to Kamrowski clinging to the hood of Fitzgerald’s SUV while he reached speeds of up to 70 miles per hour on the turnpike.
Fitzgerald, the driver, was convicted of illegal possession of a weapon, assault with a weapon, DUI, and reckless endangerment in separate cases in Connecticut between 2000 and 2006.
Court records show that during that period, Fitzgerald was in and out of jail, serving about three years total.
Records also show he was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in Vermont in 2011, a case his attorney, in Waltham District Court Monday morning, said was dismissed.
The attorney, Michael Chinman, said those legal troubles are more than 12 years old, and that client has turned his life around.
“He put that prior life well behind him... and is now gainfully employed locally at his dream job using his graduate degree in science,” Chinman said.
Chinman added that after the run-ins with the law, Fitzgerald earned a college degree, and then an advanced degree in the sciences.
Kamrowski, the man on the hood of Fitzgerald’s white SUV, racked up three speeding tickets on the turnpike—two in 2003 and another in October of 2017.
He also has two other speeding tickets, in the late ‘80s, and four tickets for failure to stop or yield.
Joe Comenzo, Kamrowski’s attorney, said his client drives around the state for work and because he likely drives more than the average driver, he likely has “a few more moving violations” than the average driver.
“Regardless, he received a handful of violations over the past 35 years, and none of them suggest that he was the aggressor in Friday’s events or that he deserved what happened to him that day, so none of them are particularly relevant,” Comenzo said.
Kamrowski wound up on the hood of Fitzgerald’s vehicle after a minor collision on the turnpike in Weston.
Both were arraigned Monday morning in Waltham District Court—Fitzgerald for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a crash, and negligent driving; and Kamrowski for malicious damage to a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.