Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Pa. Road Rage Shooting Suspect at Large, Driver Called 911

Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI have launched a manhunt for a gunman involved in a fatal road rage shooting. Before being shot to death, 28-year-old Timothy Davison called 911 to report someone was chasing him on a stretch of highway in Pennsylvania.

Sadly, Davison did not survive the attack.

Road Rage Shootings in PA

Davison was driving northbound on Interstate 81 near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border when he made the 911 call. Police say the other car chased Davison following a dispute and rammed his car onto the median, where several rounds were fired at him. The suspect was reportedly driving a small pickup truck, possibly a dark-colored Ford Ranger, reports USA Today.

Investigators believe the fatal attack may be related to another road rage shooting that occurred a mere eight hours prior, about 30 miles away in Monaghan Township. In that incident, a driver told police that a black Nissan truck was on his tail and fired several times into his vehicle, the Morning Sentinel reported.

Tips for Drivers

Police are warning drivers that Davison's shooter may strike again. Here are a few ways drivers can help prevent a road rage attack:

  • Don't engage aggressive drivers. You must realize that you can't control another driver's behavior -- but you can control your own. When another driver cuts you off or gives you the middle finger, try to put distance between yourself and the other driver and consider taking the next exit or turnoff.
  • Avoid looking like an aggressive driver. When one aggressive driver engages another, things can escalate very quickly. Avoid tailgating, flashing headlights, making undignified gestures, or cutting people off.
  • Don't provoke road rage. If you have a tendency to be that driver -- the one who drives under the speed limit, skips turn signals, slows down excessively early for exits, accelerates unevenly, and hogs lanes -- work on eliminating those annoying driving habits.
  • Call 911. If someone is following you or making you fear for your safety, call the police immediately. Give a description of the person who's chasing you, the vehicle he or she is driving, your present location, and your direction of travel. Above all, don't get out of your car, and don't hang up on the dispatcher.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-472-8477.

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