Road Rage Murderer Turns Self In Not Charged With Hate Crime

This story just makes me sick. She was a child and he took her life for NOTHING!!!

The bullet was fired by a man driving a red pickup truck on an Eastern Pennsylvania highway last week, police said, striking and killing 18-year-old Bianca Roberson as she tried to merge lanes next to him.

And as authorities announced murder charges Sunday against the man who allegedly pulled the trigger, they said the bullet was a key piece of evidence in securing his arrest, because the fragment later pulled from Roberson’s head during an autopsy matched the caliber of gun they found at his Delaware County house.

“This is the story of a savage and senseless murder,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. “Somebody didn’t want to give way. Somebody didn’t want to merge into a lane of traffic. And because of that, a young woman is dead.”

David Desper, 28, of Trainer, surrendered to police around 2 a.m. Sunday, Hogan said, ending a three-day manhunt for the road-rage murder suspect that spanned at least two counties and attracted national attention.

Roberson’s family sat in the audience as Hogan and a team of police officials in West Goshen Township, where the slaying occurred, announced the charges against Desper, including first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangerment. The family did not want to speak afterward, and they were visibly distraught during the news conference, shaking their heads as the district attorney recounted the facts of the case.

Hogan said Roberson — a recent graduate of Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester who was headed to Jacksonville University in the fall — had “her whole summer in front of her. Her whole life in front of her.”

Her father, Rodney Roberson, said last week that his daughter, who also worked at a retirement community in Newtown Square, was shot while driving home from a shopping trip in Exton with her mother and grandmother, picking up school supplies and groceries.

Police had been searching for leads since the killing Wednesday evening on Route 100. Hogan said investigators interviewed witnesses, collected video surveillance, and released to the public pictures of Desper’s truck and a composite sketch of the suspect’s face — an attempt to force the alleged killer to turn himself in.


Hogan suggested that the motive for Desper’s actions was relatively cut-and-dry.

Desper and Roberson “jockeyed for position [while merging] and he wasn’t happy,” Hogan said. “So he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly.”

“That’s the same merge people in Southeastern Pennsylvania make thousands of times every day,” Hogan said. “All across the region people do that without a problem.”

The district attorney said there was “no indication that we’re aware of that this was a race crime or a hate crime.”

“This appears to be a savage, senseless, and brutal act from one human being to another human being,” he said.

The shooting happened at 5:31 p.m. Wednesday in the southbound lane of Route 100 approaching Route 202, according to police. Roberson was driving a green 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Desper a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

After Desper shot Roberson in the head, police said, her car veered off the road and crashed into a tree. One witness told police that just before seeing the crash, he “heard a loud noise that could have been a gunshot,” according to a criminal complaint.

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