Above is the beautiful Peterbilt daycab of owner-operator Don Davis, used primarily in logging operations near Davis’ North Georgia home in Madison County — pictured well before the shooting started late last month.
You may have heard a bit of Davis’ story already in a variety of news reports that have been flying around since his loaded rig was hijacked on the job at an Oglethorpe County logging site by a man who’d severely injured a woman and was fleeing police. The girlfriend later died, and as Davis fought to resist the gunman he himself took seven bullets in the ensuing shootout with police.
A friend of the Davis family, Debbie Cofer, reached out to Overdrive via our Facebook page to make note of a fund-raising effort she spearheaded to help defray the Davises’ medical costs. “There’s a driver here in Georgia who could use some help from his fellow truckers across the country,” she wrote.
Davis’ right hand was shattered by a bullet, she added, among other injuries, and “he’ll be out of work probably a year, his doctors say,” with his wife, Kathy Davis, supplying 24-hour care and unable to work herself.
That’s right, Davis is at least recovering well, all things considered, after the events that transpired a month ago. He’s doing so at home. Those interested can contribute to the funding campaign via this link to the GoFundMe crowd-funding site. 2400 Highway 174
Danielsville, GA 30633
Cofer also notes that for those in the Madison/Oglethorpe counties in North Georgia, the Community Baptist Church in Danielsville at 2400 Highway 174 will be hosting a “Singing for Don Davis” benefit event October 17, 4-7:30 p.m. Find more information about it at the GoFundMe page as well.Below find a few links to local news reports about the incident and Davis’ recovery:
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.