Man killed 1, injured 17 by striking them with car before killing mother: Police
A man in Pennsylvania has been arrested after allegedly plowing his car into a community event, killing one person and injuring 17 others, before driving off and fatally beating his mother in a nearby town, Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release Sunday.
The latest: The alleged assailant was identified as Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, the Luzerne County Coroner’s office told ABC News. His mother's autopsy showed that she was hit by a car and assaulted with a hammer, ABC News reported.
Driving the news: Community members in Berwick, Pennsylvania, were holding an all-day fundraiser on Saturday to benefit the victims and families of a deadly house fire in nearby Nescopeck this month, WNEP-TV reported.
- Shortly after 6pm, a man drove his car into the crowd of people gathered at the event. Police arrived on the scene to discover one person dead and 17 injured, per the press release.
- A short time later, police received a call that a man in the Nescopeck borough of Luzerne County had been spotted physically assaulting a woman. Upon state troopers' arrival on the scene, they discovered the woman was dead and the man had been detained by municipal police, the press release said.
The big picture: Reyes, 24, of Nescopeck, was identified by police on Sunday afternoon and authorities noted that he is a suspect in both cases.
- Reyes was arraigned on Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide and denied bail.
- "These investigations are very active," Pennsylvania State Police said in the press release but gave no further details.
- Information on the victims and the injured — who have been taken to various local hospitals — is not being released at this time.