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'Always Be Prepared,' Says Man With Gun Who Saved Man on SUV's Hood

"I said, 'This is not happening, this is only in the movies' ... He was going so fast."

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    3rd Man Speaks After Pulling Gun in Road Rage Incident

    A good Samaritan pulled out a gun to try to stop the mayhem on the Mass. Pike.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 28, 2019)

    As Frankie Hernandez drove home from work Friday, he encountered the wild scene of a road rage incident on the Massachusetts Turnpike and knew he had to do something.

    "I said, 'This is not happening, this is only in the movies,'" Hernandez recalled. "He was going so fast."

    At first, Hernandez thought it was a bad accident, until he saw a man holding onto the hood of a speeding SUV.

    Authorities say the man on the SUV's hood, 65-year-old Richard Kamrowski, had gotten into a minor side-swipe crash with the SUV, and that he confronted the SUV driver, identified as 37-year-old Mark Fitzgerald, on foot during stop-and-go traffic. One thing led to another, and for reasons still under investigation, Kamrowski ended up on the hood of Fitzgerald's SUV. Court documents show that both men blame the other for the escalation.

    Exclusive Video: Driver Goes 70 MPH on Mass. Pike With Man on Hood

    [NECN] Exclusive Video: Driver Goes 70 MPH on Mass. Pike With Man on Hood

    In a bizarre incident of road rage, a man drives on the Mass. Pike with another man on the hood of his vehicle. State police say the two men's vehicles had been involved in a minor sideswipe that led to the situation. After a verbal altercation, police say 65-year-old Richard Kamrowski of Framingham jumped onto a white Inifiniti SUV being driven by 37-year-old Mark Fitzgerald of Lynn. The vehicle reached speeds of 70 mph.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 28, 2019)

    Hernandez, an Army veteran who served in the military police, raced up to the SUV, boxing it in with his car.

    In video obtained by NBC10 Boston, you can see the man still holding onto the hood as Hernandez speeds up.

    "I'm licensed to carry, so I drew my gun as asked the driver of the SUV to get out of the car because he was not complying whatsoever," Hernandez said.

    Hernandez held the driver at gunpoint until Massachusetts State Police troopers arrived seconds later. In the video, you can see a trooper pull his gun out and order Hernandez to drop his gun and lay on the ground.

    "He has the right, he is the law enforcement, so I backed up, and dropped my gun to the side, complied to the order I was given," Hernandez said. "I just kept my eyes on the driver of the SUV because when I laid my gun to the side, I didn't want him to rush at me or rush at the gun."

    Eventually, troopers released Hernandez and gave him his gun back.

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    (Published Monday, Jan. 28, 2019)

    Hernandez is just glad he was there to help end the scary ordeal.

    "This is something I don't want to see again, because it was a live person almost getting ready to die, basically," he said. "Always be prepared and keep calm because when you have a firearm, you got to be mentally fit."

    Fitzgerald and Kamrowski pleaded not guilty to their charges in Waltham District Court on Monday.

    Authorities are still investigating the road rage incident.

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