February 20

Pennsylvania police release details of car, audio, in road rage death of Mainer

Police hope for tips from the public after providing a portion of a 911 call and specifics about the truck that ran Timothy Davison off the road in January.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

In an effort to jump-start the investigation into the shooting death of a Maine man last month on a Pennsylvania highway, police released new details Wednesday, including a portion of the 911 call that Timothy Davison made just before he was killed.

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Theresa Allocca, mother of Tim Davison, who was shot in Pennsylvania, recounts the details of her son's shooting and the investigation Wednesday as she holds a photo of her son taken last summer at a camp near Turner. Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Gordon Chibroski, Staff Photographer

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A PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT

Dispatcher: “Ok, were you the one that called about the Ford Ranger, right?”

Davison: “Yeah...yeah…yeah, the one that just hit me.”

Dispatcher: “What do you mean they hit you? Hit you with the car?”

Davison: “Yeah, smashed me with the car. Pushed me across the median.”

His mother, Theresa Allocca of Poland, doesn’t want to hear it.

“The last thing he said to me was that he loved me, and I want to remember that,” Allocca said Wednesday as she clutched a picture of her son. “I don’t want to hear his stress and, as a mother, pick up on all those horrifying moments.”

Davison was driving north to Maine on Jan. 4 after a family gathering in Florida when he called 911 in Maryland to report that a driver was chasing him on Interstate 81 and firing shots at his car, police have said. That call was dropped as Davison crossed the state line into Pennsylvania. He called 911 again, connecting with Pennsylvania dispatchers.

On the tape, Davison sounds surprisingly calm, telling the dispatcher that he had been run off the road into the highway median.

Police say someone shot Davison moments later, at 2 a.m., then drove off, reversing direction and going south on the interstate.

On Wednesday, police said paint marks left on Davison’s Mitsubishi Montero had been identified as “dark lapis,” a color used on Ford Rangers from 1993 to 1997. The color is a deep blue that is almost black.

Pennsylvania police asked to be contacted if any auto body shop or insurance company in the area handled a damage claim for that type of vehicle, with damage on the driver’s side. They also asked the public to report anyone who owns a similar vehicle and may have been acting strangely in the days after the shooting.

Police also continued to search for witnesses who may have seen either vehicle that night.

“We are confident that the suspect vehicle and its driver were observed by several motorists on Interstate 81 between Martinsburg, West Virginia Exit 16 and Interstate 70 in Maryland near Exit 10,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Adam Kosheba said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “We also believe that several motorists in Pennsylvania along Interstate 81 south in the vicinity of Exit 3 observed the victim’s vehicle in the median and possibly the suspect vehicle in the area at the time the homicide occurred.”

Police asked anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (800) 4PA-TIPS. They also announced that the $10,000 reward offered by authorities has been matched by $10,000 offered by Davison’s family for information leading to the capture of the killer.

Davison’s family plans to launch a website as soon as this week to offer tributes to Davison and solicit tips. There will be a section for people who want to donate toward the reward.

MOTHER FILLED WITH QUESTIONS

Allocca said it’s important to catch the killer to ensure justice for her son, “but more importantly, there’s a murderer still out there and I would not want another family to ever go through what has happened to my family and all my son’s friends.”

Allocca said she is frustrated that the investigation hasn’t progressed more quickly.

“I have a lot more questions than I have answers, and I think the police are feeling the same way,” she said.

Among her questions: Was just one person involved? Did the killer catch up with her son when he slowed down to get off the interstate?

“I’m sure he’s quite capable of going 100 mph and would ... before he let someone catch him,” she said.

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