Massachusetts man stabbed in road rage incident

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April 21, 2011, 9:09 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Tewksbury, MA) - "There was this kid who was up his (expletive) on the highway and he kind of tapped the brakes to get him off and that's when it started," said the victim's co-worker to a 9-1-1 operator.

Road rage on I-93 leaves a Tewksbury man with serious injuries.

26-year-old Dennis Keohane says he was driving his co-worker back to work Wednesday afternoon when a hispanic man in a black Honda Civic got so close to him he couldn't see his headlights.

Keohane says he tapped his brakes to try to get the driver to back off.

"I didn't come out and fully lock them up on him, I just gave him a warning tap and he apparently didn't like it, and he didn't like the second one either," said Keohane.

Keohane says the driver followed him off his exit and got out of his Civic a couple of times, throwing things and yelling at him.

Keohane continued down the street to his co-worker's garage, but when he left a short time later, the man in the Civic was waiting for him.

Keohane said,  "We exchanged a few words and had a little bit of a fist fight, I thought they were punches, I didn't even know I was cut until I went back to my work and the property owner what happened, that's when I felt the blood running down my neck."

The man took off and Keohane's co-worker called 9-1-1.

Victim's Co-worker: "My co-worker has been stabbed by someone in a black Honda Civic."

9-1-1 Operator: "Is he bleeding severely?"

Victim's Co-worker: "He's bleeding pretty good"

Keohane was stabbed six times - including cuts to his head, stab wounds on his back, and a nine inch long slice on his arm that just missed an artery.

"It could have been a lot worse and if it were a bigger blade I was told I could have died," said Keohane.

Police say other drivers should learn from this incident and not let road rage overtake them while driving.

Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheenan said, "We'd never encourage anybody to take the law into their own hands or to get themselves involved in any type of physical altercation."

Tags: road rage , Alysha Palumbo, Tewksbury, Dennis Keohane
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