1 killed, 17 injured after car hits people attending community fundraiser
A Pennsylvania man was arrested after he allegedly rammed his car into a community event, killing one person and injuring 17 others, before driving off and fatally beating a woman in a nearby town, Pennsylvania State Police said. Pennsylvania. in a press release Sunday.
The last: The second woman killed has been identified as the mother of the alleged assailant, Oswaldo Sura Reyes, the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office told ABC News. Her autopsy showed she had been hit by a car and assaulted with a hammer, ABC News reported.
Driving the news: Community members in Berwick, Pa., were hosting a fundraising day Saturday to benefit victims and families of a deadly fire in the nearby town of Nescopeck earlier this month, WNEP-TV reported.
- Shortly after 6 p.m., a driver drove his car into the crowd of people gathered at the event. Police arrived at the scene to discover 1 person dead and 17 injured, according to the press release.
- Shortly after, police received a call that a man in the Luzerne County borough of Nescopeck had been seen physically assaulting a woman. When they arrived at the scene, the gendarmes discovered that the woman was dead and that the man had been arrested by the municipal police, the press release said.
The big picture: Reyes, 24, from Nescopeck, was identified by police on Sunday afternoon and authorities noted he was a suspect in both cases.
- The suspect was arraigned Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide and was denied bail.
- “These investigations are very active,” Pennsylvania State Police said in the news release, but gave no further details.
- Information on the casualties and injured – who have been taken to various local hospitals – is not being released at this time.