PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A year-and-a-half after a crash killed 21-year-old Chloe Robertson, the driver wanted in her death has been captured.
“He was out there on the run, and just like living his life I guess, and not really paying for his actions, “ said Bryce Tamborra, the victim’s boyfriend. Tamborra first spoke with WBZ at his home in Upton last fall, when he pleaded for his girlfriend Chloe Robertson’s killer to be brought to justice.
In January 2020, Robertson was dating Tamborra, an Upton native. They were classmates at West Virginia University. Robertson left campus for a quick trip with a friend to Philadelphia.
“She called me to call her an Uber because I used to call her Ubers all the time,” Tamborra told WBZ-TV back in September. He ordered the ride for her in Philadelphia and stayed on the phone from West Virginia. Suddenly, he heard a crash. After 30 minutes of waiting for a response, he hung up.
Another vehicle had slammed into the Uber. Behind the wheel was 27-year-old Aaron Sims.
Robertson died and two others were seriously hurt.
Sims was taken into custody in Philadelphia Monday after getting a tip he might be visiting a friend. The 27-year-old was arraigned after midnight on 15 charges, including drunk driving homicide, and involuntary manslaughter. Bail was set at $2.2 million. He’s due back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 13.
In 2020, Pennsylvania State Police said he was not only high on marijuana but his blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit. By the time toxicology tests confirmed that and a warrant was issued, Sims had disappeared.
“I hope that the justice system doesn’t fail us, fail Chloe. I hope that he has to pay,” said Tamborra, who has since left Upton to move in with Robertson’s parents in Orlando.
He has a message for anyone who might get behind the wheel while under the influence: “I would have paid any amount of money for him to get home, not have to drive,” he said. It could have saved not only Robertson’s life but the rest of their life together.