Man held in road-rage killing of teen
WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man was in custody Sunday in what a prosecutor called the “savage” and “senseless” death of a recent high school graduate shot in the head during a road-rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane.
David Desper, 28, of Trainer surrendered accompanied by an attorney early Sunday, and police said he was charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangering in the death of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in West Goshen Township.
Desper and Roberson were trying to merge into a single lane Wednesday as a two-lane road narrowed, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.
“They jockeyed for position, and he wasn’t happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly,” he said.
After Roberson was shot, her car veered off the road, struck a tree and was found in a ditch. The shooter fled in a red pickup. Authorities tracked the suspect’s vehicle on surveillance video and sorted through hundreds of tips from the public, calling on the suspect to surrender for his own sake and for the sake of the family.
A police officer stands in the debris from a house destroyed in Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pa., on Sunday. Authorities believe a fatal gas explosion leveled the home.