Since June 28, police in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania, have pleaded for the driver of a red pickup truck believed to be responsible for the shooting death of young woman to turn himself in.Screenshot/GoFundMe
The incident gained national attention, as it was revealed that the victim, 18-year-old Bianca Roberson, was supposed to be leaving for college in just a few weeks. According to WPVI, she was returning from shopping for new school clothes with her mother and grandmother when she was allegedly shot behind the wheel of her car.
Now there is a major development in the tragic story, as it is being reported that in the early morning hours of July 2, the alleged driver of the truck, 28-year-old David Desper, turned himself in to the authorities. The Trainer, Pennsylvania, man was accompanied by an attorney.
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As previously reported, Roberson was southbound on Route 100 when a man driving a red pickup truck pulled up next to her. Both cars approached this section of the road where the lanes merge into one.
According to “Inside Edition“, Roberson and the driver of the pickup truck were “jockeying” for the same position on the roadway.
Highway cameras caught the cars side by side. Authorities then allege that the driver of the pickup truck pulled out a gun and shot at the teen, hitting her in the head.
According to West Goshen Township police, Roberson’s car then veered off the road and crashed into a tree. The red pickup truck was seen fleeing the accident.
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The Daily Local reported at the time that police suspected it may have been a possible road rage incident and asked anyone with information about the red pickup truck to contact authorities immediately.
According to “Inside Edition,” the authorities called the altercation moments before the teen’s shooting a “high-speed ‘cat and mouse’ game.”
District Attorney Tom Hogan told reporters at the time, according to WPVI:
“As Bianca was merging from two lanes to one, there was a man in a red pickup truck also merging down and they jockeyed for position and he wasn’t happy. So he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly.”
Hogan called the incident a “savage and senseless murder”:
“Someone didn’t want her to merge into a lane of traffic.”
West Goshen Township Police Chief Joe Gleason explained that the two drivers were “jostling” for a position on the road when the driver of the pickup truck took it to “a degree that was just unconscionable.”
According to WPVI, Hogan confirmed that Desper surrendered to the authorities at 2 a.m. on July 2.
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
West Goshen Township police recovered his red pickup truck and the weapon believed to have been used in the assault, a 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun that was found in the suspect’s bedroom.
Hogan said Desper had a permit to carry the weapon.
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Desper has been charged with first-degree and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangering. He was denied bail and remains behind bars. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 13.
Responding to the news of Desper’s capture, Roberson’s brother, Dontae Alburg, told WPVI:
“I feel that I would feel relief or excited and happy. I was happy, but I felt down, thinking about that’s the truck alongside my sister, her last moments of life.”
He told the outlet that prior to his sister’s death, she was “headed for greatness.” The family has expressed its gratitude for the outpouring of support on its GoFundMe page.