Bianca Roberson, 18, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was driving on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 28, when she and an unidentified man in a red pickup merged into the same lane on the highway.
According to police, the driver of the red pickup became instantly enraged and pulled out his gun. He then shot Roberson directly in the head before fleeing down the highway. Roberson’s car then crashed into the woods near West Goshen, Pennsylvania.
The 18-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
“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.”
Police said the driver of the pickup truck then pulled out a gun in a fit of road rage and shot Roberson in the head, killing her instantly. 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.
“This is now a murder case,” Hogan said. “A young woman has died senselessly.”
The unidentified driver of the red Chevrolet pickup truck has been described as a white male, medium-built, 30 to 40 years old with blonde or light-colored brown hair.
Roberson graduated from Bayard Rustin High School in June and was headed to Jacksonville University in the fall.