Road rage murder victim Timothy Davison called 911 multiple times before his killer finally caught up to him but help never arrived, CNN reported Saturday.
While police continue to call the killing of Davison on a lonely stretch of Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania “road rage,” they also said in a Friday press conference that they believe Davison did nothing to provoke the horrific attack.
Investigators now believe that Davison may have had his first contact with his killer on Interstate 70, and that he had driven 15 miles to get away before the road rage killer caught up to him.
But Pennsylvania State Police Captain Steven Junkin said that Davison placed at least two separate emergency calls as he was being pursued in the early hours of January 4. The recordings of those 911 calls have not been released, and Junkin would not comment on their contents, citing the ongoing investigation.
Because the killer chased Davison across state lines from Maryland into Pennsylvania, the FBI is now involved in the manhunt for the so-called road rage killer.
Davison was driving home to Maine from a holiday visit with relatives in Florida when he called 911 to say that he was being followed by another driver.
The driver finally caught up to Davison’s 2001 Mitsubishi Montero and rammed it off the road into a snowy median. While Davison was stuck there, police say, the other driver got out of his vehicle and fired several shots into Davison’s car, killing the 28-year-old who worked for his father’s manufacturing company and was described by Timothy Davsion Sr. as “a great guy and a very easy kid to raise.”
Police are asking auto body shops, as well as anyone else in the area, to be on the lookout for a Ford Ranger XLT pickup which would have some recent damage from ramming Davison’s car, United Press International reported. The Ford Ranger is described as black or darkly colored.
In his news conference, Junkin dismissed possible connections between the Davison murder and a shooting eight hours earlier fewer than 60 miles away, in which a driver fired a gun into another vehicle, narrowly missing the head of the other vehicle operator.
He also said that the January 4 alleged road rage killing was not related to the murder last May 25 of Kentucky police officer Jason Ellis, who was shotgunned to death in an unprovoked attack as he got out of his vehicle to clean some debris from the side of the road.
In the meantime, police are worried that the road rage killer may attack other drivers.
“Will this person do it again?” Junkin said. “We don’t know. We don’t want to take that chance.”