Suspect Charged in 'Savage' Road Rage Killing of Teenager
David Desper is facing murder charges
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2017 3:53 PM CDT
David Desper.   (WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT)

(Newser) – A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a teenager who was shot in the head during a horrifying road rage incident Wednesday. ABC 6 reports that 28-year-old David Desper of Pennsylvania surrendered around 2am Sunday and has been charged with first- and third-degree murder, among other crimes. Desper is believed to be the driver of a red truck that highway cameras recorded driving alongside 18-year-old Bianca Roberson. "As Bianca was merging from two lanes to one, there was a man in a red pickup truck also merging down,” District Attorney Tom Hogan said during a press conference. “They jockeyed for position and he wasn't happy,"

The driver was recorded pulling out a gun and shooting Roberson in the head in what Hogan calls "a savage and senseless murder.” Roberson was killed immediately while her vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree. According to the New York Daily News, Desper’s dented red truck has been recovered, while a 40-caliber handgun believed to be the murder weapon was found in Desper's bedroom. Authorities declined to comment on Desper’s previous criminal record during a press conference, but do not believe the incident to be a “race crime or a hate crime.” Roberson recently graduated from high school and was planning to attend Jacksonville University in Florida in the fall, where her brother says she was “headed for greatness.”

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