BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s one of the most terrifying cases of road rage ever reported: a man hunted and shot at close range on a nearby interstate. Despite a task force including the FBI and Maryland State Police, the killer is still out there.
Mike Hellgren takes you inside the mystery, retracing a young man’s final, horrifying moments alive.
Police have seen few cases of road rage this chilling. Just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 5, a trooper found Tim Davison’s body riddled with bullets and his silver SUV pushed into the median of Interstate 81 after a predator in a pickup truck chased him for 15 terrifying miles starting near I-70 in Hagerstown and ending just across the Pennsylvania state line–all as Davison pleaded with 911 dispatchers for help.
“What do you mean they hit you? Hit you with the car, or…?” the dispatcher asked.
“Yeah, they smashed me with the car, pushed me across the median,” he said.
The 28-year-old was driving from Florida home to Maine, where WJZ spoke to his mother via Skype. She remembered her last text to her son: “Drive safely. Love you.”
She’s desperate for answers.
“We can’t bring my son back, but God forbid it should happen to another family,” said Theresa Allocca.
She spoke about Davison’s easy smile, his love of trucks and the outdoors and his many friends, as she struggles to understand who would kill him so heartlessly.
“No one obviously in their sane mind would do that,” Allocca said. “It could have been that my son didn’t use his blinker and this person felt he broke a road rule and he was going to take him out.”
And the killer is still out there.
“We are concerned that this individual could strike again,” said an officer.
An alarmed Davison first called 911 in Maryland and alluded to some sort of dispute.
“Were you the one that called about the Ford Ranger? Right?” a dispatcher said.
“Yeah. Yeah, yeah. The one that just hit me,” Davison said.
By this point, he was being chased and shot at. As he sped toward the Pennsylvania line, the call cut out. Minutes later, he would be dead. The other driver rammed him off the interstate, got out and shot him over and over again before fleeing south.
“It was definitely a random act,” Allocca said. “No one knew he was taking that route.”
WJZ has learned the murder happened within sight of a traffic camera. Hours later, the owner of an auto auction business said his security camera footage–that has been turned over to police–shows the pickup.
Retired correctional officer Bob Hollinger can see the crime scene from his house.
“You don’t realize something like this is going to happen this close to home,” Hollinger said.
The FBI is now leading a task force, but police aren’t talking about the weapon or what evidence they recovered.
Solving the mystery could come down to clues that Davison himself provided to 911.
“My son wasn’t the type of person who would engage in road rage,” Allocca said. “He just wanted to get home.”
Right now, there are two $10,000 rewards for information leading to an arrest. You can remain anonymous.
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