Authorities arrested a Pennsylvania man on Sunday and charged him with murder, in connection with a road rage shooting on Wednesday that left a recent high school graduate dead.
New York Daily News reports that David Desper, 28, turned himself in at around 2 a.m on Sunday morning, in connection with the death of Bianca Roberson, 18. Desper is accused of shooting Roberson in the head as they both drove down an interstate in West Goshen Township. Roberson changed lanes at the same time Desper did, and although their vehicles didn’t collide, the suspect reportedly became irate and shot at her.
Thanks to the effort of our investigators and the support of the local community Bianca's killer is in custody and charged with murder. pic.twitter.com/R0A36q93yH
— WestGoshenPD (@WestGoshenPD) July 2, 2017
Images from PennDOT’s traffic cameras caught the incident on surveillance. As Desper, who was driving a red pickup truck, crossed into the lane on his right, Roberson, driving a green Malibu, crossed into the lane at almost the same time. According to police, there didn’t seem to be any heated exchanges before the incident, and the parties involved did not know each other.
Police found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson inside the suspect’s home, which is what police believe Desper used to shoot Roberson.
“Ballistics tests revealed the fatal bullet was fired by a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, which police reported finding in a bedroom at Desper’s house,” Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.
Bianca Roberson was preparing for college. She was shot in the head by an unidentified white man over a lane change. https://t.co/t37FbnGoGU
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) July 2, 2017
Roberson, who was scheduled to start Jackson University in Florida in the fall, had just finished shopping for school supplies and was on her way home when the shooting occurred.
“A beautiful young lady of 18 years of age, in the prime of her life, getting ready to go off to college. And for reasons that are incomprehensible to me, the family is now planning her funeral instead of a going-away party for college,” West Goshen Police Chief Joseph Gleason said.
Desper is being held in jail without bond.
Despite online speculation, authorities indicated that they do not think the incident was racially motivated.
[Feature Photo: West Goshen PD]