That a road rage incident ended in a shooting is shocking enough. One can argue we shouldn’t be surprised but, the fact they still make the news proves they are exceedingly rare. Rarer still is the fact someone who holds a license to carry a handgun has been charged with murder and at first glance, it sounds like they should be.
Our justice system presumes innocence and we don’t yet know what led David Desper to his decision to shoot Bianca Roberson. But, by all accounts, this was just two people jockeying for position to merge into a single lane of traffic and Desper decided to end it by shooting Roberson. Desper’s single round hit Roberson in the head as she drove down the high way. She immediately lost conciousness, veered off the road, and her car struck a tree. If this really is a shooting by a man who let his anger get the better of him, then Desper may go to jail for murder. It is honestly hard to imagine anything about the situation as described to justify Desper’s actions. There are no reports Roberson was armed or in any way manifested a threat rising to that level.
Desper turned himself in over the weekend. But not before running away from the scene and allegedly attempting to hide the truck he was driving at the time of the incident. Most consider this sort of “post offense” behavior to be indicative of recognition you knew what you did was wrong. That does not bode well for Desper. Neither he nor his attorney have made any statements so far so we’ll have to wait until the case goes to trial to see what he has to say about what happened. As it stands, one is grasping at straws to make sense of it.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says he doesn’t believe the man accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in a road-rage attack last week was motivated by race or hate. The victim is African American; the alleged killer, David Desper, 28, is white.