POLAND, Maine -- A Maine man who was killed last weekend in an apparent road-rage shooting on a Pennsylvania interstate highway was a gifted and gregarious mechanic who loved being outdoors, his friends and family said.
Loved ones of Tim Davison in the town of Poland are preparing for his funeral this weekend as police in two states search for a suspect in his killing. Police will hold a press conference 10 a.m. Friday about the homicide.
Davison was a natural with machinery and worked as a pipe fitter, welder and supervisor, The Portland Press Herald reported. He also liked to get outdoors where he went "mudding" in his Jeep, rode a motorcycle and camped.
The 28-year-old Davison was upbeat and fun and others gravitated to him, according to his friend Tom Printup.
"He was always someone who attracted people to him. Even if he was having a bad day, no one would ever have known," said Printup, a captain in the Poland Fire and Rescue Department. "That's just the type of guy he was."
Davison was shot to death early Jan. 4 on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania, just across the Maryland border, after he dialed 911 several times to report that someone in a dark truck was chasing and shooting at him.
Police are investigating whether the same gunman fired on another motorist eight hours earlier. In that case, a bullet struck the driver's headrest, but the driver was not hurt.
The killing came as a shock to Davison's friends back in Maine, a state with one of the nation's lowest homicide rates.
Friends and family say Davison wasn't the type of person to engage in road rage. "If anything, he was the guy to calm everyone down, not antagonize a situation," Printup said.
Davison's mother, Theresa Allocca, said the family is still in shock but believes police are pursuing all angles.
"We hope whoever did this is found," she told the newspaper this week.
Davidson's family asked those who plan to attend his funeral and memorial services to dress casually, which would have been his preference. The funeral on Saturday in Gray will be followed by a celebration of life at Cyndi's Dockside, a restaurant in Poland.