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Driver Charged With Murder After Apparent Belmont Road Rage Confrontation

BELMONT (CBS) – Prosecutors have upgraded charges against 54-year-old Dean Kapsalis of Hudson to murder after an apparent road rage incident last week in Belmont.

On January 19, police found 35-year-old Henry Tapia from Boston on Upland Road, suffering from serious injuries. He was taken to Mass General Hospital where he died.

Henry Tapia
Henry Tapia was struck by a car and killed in Belmont (WBZ-TV)

Investigators said Tapia had been in an argument with Kapsalis moments earlier. Both men got out of their vehicles, and Kapsalis allegedly then got back in his.

Witnesses told police they heard Kapsalis yell a racial slur at Tapia, a Black man, before getting back in his truck and allegedly running him over.

Dean Kapsalis
Dean Kapsalis of Hudson is arraigned January 20, 2021 in connection with a Belmont road rage case. (WBZ-TV)

Following his arrest, Kapsalis was ordered held until a Monday hearing. During his virtual appearance in Cambridge District Court, prosecutors charged Kapsalis with murder. Kapsalis is also charged iwth leaving the scene causing death.

A judge ordered him held without bail. Kapsalis was also ordered to have no contact with the victim's family or any witnesses.

Following his arrest last week, Kapsalis was initially arraigned on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a civil rights violation causing injury and leaving the scene causing injury.

Kapsalis is next scheduled to appear in court on March 1.

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