Timothy “Asti” Davison, 28, became a victim of a suspected road rage attack as he returned home from vacation January 4. The suspected road rage victim made multiple 911 calls as he was apparently forced off the road during a trip through Pennsylvania on his way home to Poland, Maine.
In what police are terming a road rage chase, the incident apparently began in Maryland and continued through Pennsylvania. Davison’s first call was received by Maryland police, but apparently dropped as he crossed state lines. He dialed 911 again, and this time, his call was received by Pennsylvania State Police. Pennsylvania State Police are shocked by the extreme nature of the case, which seems to have involved the driver forcing Davison off the road and then shooting him.
The incident has resulted in a task force between Maryland and Pennsylvania authorities and the FBI. It was initially suspected that the road rage incident could have been tied to an earlier shooting some 50 miles away, but no links have turned up between the two situations. In a bid to save himself, Davison, the road rage victim, continued to make 911 calls.
Davison does not appear to have been an aggressive driver, as friends and family remarked he was very laid back. He was, however, involved in three car crashes over the last decade and three license suspensions. Nine speeding tickets were also tied to Davison’s record, but there was nothing on the record that police could see indicated intent to provoke a road rage situation.
Davison had initially called Maryland authorities in a frantic bid to report the Ford Ranger XLT was trying to force him off the road. The driver appears to have chased him onto Interstate 81 from Maryland and was successful in forcing Davison’s Mitsubishi Montero onto a snow-covered median. Davison was killed moments later.
The driver apparently fled south after the incident, turning around and leaving Davison to die. Police are disturbed by the severity of the suspected road rage incident, as it indicates that murderous intent was in the crazed driver’s mind as he pursued Davison over the course of 15 miles. The joint task force formed as a result of the killing continues to sift through clues and audio tapes of the road rage incident.
Several audio tapes exist of Davison’s frantic 911 calls and police are hoping the tapes will reveal something about what happened to cause this incident.
Davison had been working as a pipefitter and commercial welder for his father’s company. An obituary reported that Davison had been an avid outdoorsman. His mother, Theresa Allocca, said that Davison was an incredibly easygoing man who would not have let other drivers get the better of him. She said that her son would have likely called a driver who cut him off a jerk, but would not have done anything beyond that.
The manhunt continues for the killer in the case and concerns are mounting among truckers who travel the road frequently, noting that in spite of Davison’s multiple 911 calls, road rage is a concern, particularly since the killer is still at large.
By Christina St-Jean