Man held in road-rage killing of teen

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

AP/LNP/BLAINE SHAHAN

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.

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