CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Timothy Davison’s father is haunted by questions about his son’s road-rage death Saturday in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, while he was traveling from Florida back home to Maine.
Davison was driving north on Interstate 81 early Saturday morning when he was fatally shot by an unidentified driver just after crossing from Maryland into Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg. While investigators are still quiet on many of the details about the incident, Davison’s father spoke about his son and the tragedy.
The 28-year-old from Poland, Maine, had been looking forward to the trip, according to his father, also named Timothy Davison. He had visited his grandfather and sister in Florida for two weeks, and was making the drive for the second time that his father was aware of.
Davison said he spoke with his son at 4 p.m., when he was traveling through Georgia.
“He was happy, very happy,” Davison said. “I know after he hung up with me, he talked to his girlfriend for a while … also talked to his sister. He was not the kind of kid you had to check.”
While Davison’s son worked for him at Engineered Construction Services in Raymond, Maine, they didn’t work together directly. Still, Davison knew his son was talented.
“He was a great person, and I’m not saying that as a father,” Davison said. “I will admit flat-out that he was a pain, but he was a genius. He was a genius when it came to fabrication and mechanics. He could out-build anybody, he had a knack for doing mechanical things.”
More than anything, Davison has questions.
“2:10 in the morning, what could possibly … there’s too much to it,” Davison said. “There’s too many questions that really don’t sit well with me. It’s absolutely absurd.”
Despite many conversations with state police, he hasn’t gotten any answers.
Police declined to comment on the incident Monday, but have announced there will be a press conference with Pennsylvania and Maryland State Police around midday today.
“This is a crying shame,” Davison said. Talking about his son, he called him “an interesting character” who loved four-wheeling and motorcycles. Davison said his son was also “anti-firearms, all together.”
Davison said his son’s body will be returned to Maine today, after an autopsy on Monday, although he had not heard any results of the autopsy as of Monday afternoon. There will be a memorial service for his son on Saturday.
“There’s nothing I really can do to deal with it. I’d love to personally meet the person that did this,” Davison said. “But it is what it is, and it’s done, and there’s nothing I can do to bring him back and we’re moving on.”
The shooting is scary for many local residents for the same reason Davison has questions: This incident has been ruled “random.”
Jose Ucles of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said while a shooting like this is an extreme situation, there are ways to protect yourself from aggressive drivers.
According to a pamphlet from his organization, it’s important to avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver, and do everything in your power to get out of his or her way. Ignoring gestures and not engaging them is important, as is contacting police to report the driver, as Davison did.
“The main thing is, drive away,” Ucles said. “Don’t try to reason with unreasonable people.”
And while in cases like Saturday’s shooting, it’s unclear what provoked the shooter, doing everything you can to avoid an aggressive driver is always the best course of action.
“If you see somebody being aggressive, don’t try to show that they’re doing wrong,” Ucles said. “Just back off.”
Distributed by MCT Information Services