Flashpoint: Consequences of road rage, #NoGunZone, Urban Music Health Festival

KYW Newsradio Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about aggressive driving turned deadly.

July 21, 2018 - 10:05 pm

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about aggressive driving turned deadly. 

Last week, the Philadelphia Police Department released a video of a man who shot a fellow motorist several times. The shooter acted out of road rage, police say, while a woman and two children were inside the car with him. So where does the rage come from?  According to the AAA Foundation eight million people have admitted to acting out of road rage and hundreds of deaths are linked to such incidents each year. But the consequences of impulsive actions can be devastating. 

Last June, Bianca Roberson, died from a single gunshot to the head the result of a road rage incident. Her alleged killer, David Desper, is charged with her murder and is expected to be on trial this September. Bianca was just 18-years-old and was planning to head to college in the fall. Her father, Rodney Roberson joins Dr. Frank Farley, Temple University Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Michael Chitwood, Superintendent of Upper Darby Police on this weekend's episode.

They discuss the causes of road rage, the laws and methods used to fight it and prevent it and provide advice on how to stay safe on the highways.  To support the Bianca Nikol Roberson Foundation efforts to provide college scholarships go here.

The Newsmaker of the week is Terrence Harrell, creator of the Instagram Account "No Gun Zone."  He collates news stories and information about the violent homicides throughout Philadelphia to share it with the public.  Harrell says part of his effort is to illustrate to city residents the true impact of violent acts.  He shares the names, faces and stories about victims. He also shares information on what the streets are saying about each murder, where families are praying and the aftermath. Use #NoGunZone on Instagram or search @NoGunZone for more on his effort.

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

Finally, the Changemaker of the week is Pennsylvania Care Associates, a non-profit that provides healthcare services to urban communities in the region. This week, the group is holding its second annual Health and Wellness Music Festival.  It has expanded to an entire week with a number of events throughout the city.  The series of events will culminate in a day of free music next Saturday. Details are available at pahealthfest.org.

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

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