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DERBY MOTORIST ARRAIGNED IN 'ROAD RAGE' CASE

A Derby man accused of punching out a motorist at a red light in a case of "road rage" was arraigned Thursday in Hamburg Town Court.

The assault took place the afternoon of Sept. 10 on Mile Strip Road, Police Detective Frank Panasuk said.

Marek Strycharz, 40, of Brandywine Drive had been driving behind a Hamburg couple on McKinley Parkway and was trying to get around their vehicle in heavy traffic.

Both vehicles -- Strycharz in a van and the couple in a car -- turned onto Mile Strip, and Strycharz passed the car before both had to stop for a red light, the detective said.

Strycharz got out of his van and walked back to the car.

Without saying a word, according to Panasuk, "he reaches in, grabs him (driver) by his right shoulder, pulls him up against the driver's door and clobbers him in the face."

Strycharz then walked back to the van and drove off, the detective explained.

The attack was "just totally unprovoked," Panasuk said.

The driver's glasses were broken, and he suffered cuts and bruises on his face, the detective said.

He was treated in a local medical facility.

Strycharz subsequently was charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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