A young Black woman was struck down just as she was beginning to experience life all because of road rage.
The family of Bianca Nikol Roberson of West Chester, Pennsylvania, trying to understand why their daughter had to die over such a trivial thing.
Roberson had just graduated this year from Rustin High School and was headed to Jacksonville University in the fall.
Roberson, 18, was driving a green Chevrolet on Route 100 on Wednesday evening. Roberson attempted to merge into a lane that a red pickup truck was also trying to merge into at the same time.
“Route 100 South drops down from two lanes to one lane where it merges into Route 202,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said during a press conference Thursday night. “At that point her car started jostling with a red pickup truck. Not actually hitting but both of them trying to merge together.”
That’s when the driver of the red pickup truck pulled out a gun and shot Roberson in the head, instantly killing her. Roberson’s car went off the side of the road and crashed into a wooded area. The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene by driving down the shoulder of the road.
The driver is now wanted for murder.
“This is now a murder case,” Hogan told NBC Philadelphia. “A young woman has died senselessly.”
The driver of the pickup truck is described as a medium-built, white male, 30 to 40 years old with blond or light-colored brown hair. His vehicle is described as a small, red Chevrolet pickup truck with faded paint.
The cops are on a manhunt for the man and this truck.
“Every cop in three states is looking for this red pickup truck and looking for this defendant,” Hogan said. “At this point, we’re asking anybody who saw anything on Route 100 going into Route 202 to call the West Goshen Police Department right now, tonight. Give us every bit of information you can.”
They are urging the man to turn himself in.
“Turn yourself in now,” Hogan said. “Every second you are out there, you are only making this worse for yourself and worse for this young lady’s family.”
Roberson’s father, Rodney Roberson, tearfully told NBC10 about his daughter’s college aspirations.
“We were all excited for her,” he said. “She was excited. We were just happy for her.”
Roberson’s death follows another recent loss. The family told NBC Philadelphia that in 2013 Roberson’s older brother, who was 22, died of heart disease. Mari Hatton-Hayes, Roberson’s aunt, said. “It’s an angel that’s gonna be missed. But as hard as it is, she’s there with her brother.”
People, there is enough roads for all of us to share. You have no idea what an impact it has on a family when they lose a loved one over road rage.
Take a minute to think about the aftermath, before you do the crime.
Is it worth it?