Police in three states embarked on a manhunt Thursday, which continued into Friday afternoon, to capture a pickup truck driver who murdered a recent high school graduate in an outrageous fit of road rage.
No leads were made public by noon Friday in the death of Bianca Nikol Roberson, 18, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. While driving south on Route 100 in West Goshen Township about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Roberson merged into a lane at the same time as another driver.
“And then she was shot. The man in the red pickup truck shot her directly in the head,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Thursday as the case evolved into the search for the pickup truck driver.
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 down the shoulder of the road on Route 202 and continued onto Paoli Pike.
A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.
“This is now a murder case,” Hogan said. “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 blonde or light-colored brown hair. His vehicle is described as a small, red Chevrolet pickup truck with faded paint.
“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.”
West Goshen police can be reached at 610-696-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 had just graduated this year from Rustin High School and was headed to Jacksonville University in the fall.
“A young lady in the prime of her life getting ready to go off to college,” West Goshen Police Chief Joseph Gleason said. “Now the family has to consider burying her.”
Roberson’s father, Rodney Roberson, was in tears as he spoke to 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 brother Dontae Arburg described his sister’s cheerful personality.
“Her personality was very loved,” Arburg said. “She always smiled. Always wanted to entertain and make you smile.”
Counselors will be available at Rustin High School for students Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“All of us in the West Chester Area School District are deeply shocked and saddened by this horrible news,” a spokesperson for the West Chester Area School District wrote. “Bianca had her whole life ahead of her. What should be a time of great joy and celebration in a young person’s life has turned into a horrible tragedy.”
Roberson’s older brother died of heart disease at the age of 22 in 2013. Roberson’s family members showed NBC10 a poster of her and her brother that she had made for what would have been her college dorm at Jacksonville University.
“It’s an angel that’s gonna be missed,” Bianca’s aunt, Mari Hatton-Hayes said. “But as hard as it is, she’s there with her brother.”
A GoFundMe page set up Thursday garnered donations from nearly 300 people within 24 hours. Those well-wishers gave $11,600 out of a goal of $15,000.
“We cannot begin to express our extreme gratitude for the donations that continue to come in. As we continue communicating with Bianca’s family, we will discuss ideas such as a scholarship being created out of some money earned in this gofundme,” the GoFundMe creator wrote. “As many have heard, this story has taken a very unexpected turn and the family is going through an unimaginable time, so please keep them in your thoughts (and) prayers at this time.”
Published at 3:32 PM EDT on Jun 29, 2017 | Updated 19 minutes ago