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Driver charged with murder in fatal Belmont road rage incident

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A man charged in a fatal case of apparent road rage in Belmont is now charged with murder.Dean Kapsalis, 54, of Hudson, is charged in the death of Henry Tapia, 35 of Boston, who suffered life-threatening injuries and later died after an altercation between the two men. Investigators said Kapsalis yelled racial slurs at the victim after each man got out of their vehicle on Upland Road on Jan. 19. Witnesses reported hearing the two men arguing before the victim allegedly began to walk back to his vehicle, officials said.“There was a Ring doorbell near the scene of this incident, and it captured the audio of the interaction between the victim and the defendant,” prosecutor Nicole Allain said. Kapsalis allegedly entered his truck and drove it at the victim, striking him by the driver’s side of his vehicle and dragging him a short distance before fleeing the scene. “The defendant can be heard calling the victim a series of derogatory terms, which culminated in his use of the N-word,” Allain said. “Seconds later, that’s when the vehicle accelerates. A loud ‘thud’ noise can be heard, and the defendant’s red truck can be seen on video driving down the scene.” Kapsalis was charged with murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and a civil rights violation because he is accused of using a racial slur aimed at the victim during the confrontation.Kapsalis was held without bail and is due back in court on March 1.A GoFundMe page set up for the victim said he was the father of three children.

A man charged in a fatal case of apparent road rage in Belmont is now charged with murder.

Dean Kapsalis, 54, of Hudson, is charged in the death of Henry Tapia, 35 of Boston, who suffered life-threatening injuries and later died after an altercation between the two men.

Investigators said Kapsalis yelled racial slurs at the victim after each man got out of their vehicle on Upland Road on Jan. 19. Witnesses reported hearing the two men arguing before the victim allegedly began to walk back to his vehicle, officials said.

“There was a Ring doorbell near the scene of this incident, and it captured the audio of the interaction between the victim and the defendant,” prosecutor Nicole Allain said.

Kapsalis allegedly entered his truck and drove it at the victim, striking him by the driver’s side of his vehicle and dragging him a short distance before fleeing the scene.

“The defendant can be heard calling the victim a series of derogatory terms, which culminated in his use of the N-word,” Allain said. “Seconds later, that’s when the vehicle accelerates. A loud ‘thud’ noise can be heard, and the defendant’s red truck can be seen on video driving down the scene.”

Kapsalis was charged with murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and a civil rights violation because he is accused of using a racial slur aimed at the victim during the confrontation.

Kapsalis was held without bail and is due back in court on March 1.

A GoFundMe page set up for the victim said he was the father of three children.