Friends and colleagues of the Pennsylvania man accused of killing a recent high school graduate in a fit of road rage described him as “even-keeled.”
David Desper turned himself in to authorities in Chester County around 2 a.m. on Sunday and was charged with the murder of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson.
The high school graduate was shot in the head Wednesday in West Goshen while attempting to merge into a single lane on Route 100 at the same time as the 28-year-old Trainer resident. Roberson’s car left the road and hit a tree — she was killed instantly.
Karl Pritz, who was helping the suspect fix up a Camaro with a missing window a few weeks ago, recalled Desper’s relaxed demeanor.
Pa. man arrested in road rage killing of recent high school grad
He “was a cool, calm guy,” he told philly.com. “Not on edge or snap personality. Seemed even-keeled even when he had something wrong that cost him money… he just shrugged it off and kept going.”
Greg Parker, who worked with Desper as a water-well contractor said the alleged actions were “very uncharacteristic” of his former colleague.
“Everyone that knows Dave is very disappointed in his [alleged] actions, and we just want to know what led him to commit such an act,” he told the news outlet. “Because if you knew Dave, then you knew this wasn’t like him.”
Roberson’s loved ones continue to mourn their loss, some of them wondering whether the attack was racially motivated. But Parker pushed back at the claim, emphasizing that Desper was “not in any way a racist or nasty person.”
Pennsylvania HS graduate shot in the head in road rage incident
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan similarly rejected any underlying racism in the incident .
“There is no indication that we’re aware of that this a race crime or a hate crime,” he said Sunday. “This appears to be a savage, senseless and brutal act from one human being to another human being.”
Desper was jailed without bond Monday on charges of first and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment.
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