1 Dead, 17 Others Injured After Car Drives Through Crowd During Penn. Community Fundraiser

The vehicle’s suspected driver was later arrested after allegedly physically assaulting his mother, who later died, according to officials

Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24, of Nescopeck, Pa., is led from the state police barracks at Shickshinny, Pa., early Sunday morning, Aug. 14, 2022. Authorities said his vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a bar to raise money for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier in the month. (Bob Kalinowski/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
Photo: Bob Kalinowski/The Citizens' Voice via AP

A 24-year-old man was charged with double homicide on Sunday after allegedly driving his car through a community fundraiser for the families of 10 who died in a Pennsylvania house fire earlier this month, authorities confirmed to PEOPLE Monday.

The incident left one person dead and 17 others injured. It also occurred before the suspect allegedly assaulted his mother, who later died, the officials added.

"On Saturday, August 13, 2022, an individual, Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24 years of Age from Nescopeck, Luzerne County, PA, intentionally drove a vehicle into a crowded community event, which was a benefit event for a family that recently had a fire at their house, resulting in the loss of life," Penn. State Police officer Anthony Petroski III told PEOPLE on Monday.

Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Harold Baker is comforted at the scene in Berwick, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, after authorities said a vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a bar to raise money for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier in the month. (Bob Kalinowski/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
Bob Kalinowski/The Citizens' Voice via AP

"Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes killed 1 person and injured 17 while driving the vehicle into the crowded event," Petroski added. "He then left the scene, drove to a residence and killed another individual. He was arraigned on charges of Criminal Homicide (2 counts) and remanded to the Columbia County Correctional Facility.

"The Pennsylvania State Police Troop N and Troop P major case teams are investigating these heinous crimes," Petroski continued. "Members of both Troops mourn with the families and community as they go through this terrible tragedy and we ensure we will do a thorough and complete investigation to bring justice to this matter."

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Saturday's tragic events occurred at around 6:15 p.m. in Berwick Borough, Colombia County while a fundraiser was being held at the Intoxicology Department bar for the families of those who died in the devastating Aug. 6 house fire, which claimed the lives of three children and seven adults.

Upon arrival, the authorities discovered "numerous injuries along with one fatality," according to a release.

Following the incident, the police responded to another call relating to an assault case in Nescopeck Borough, Luzerne County. After arriving at the scene, the troopers found "a female [who was] deceased, and a male, who was detained by a Municipal Police Department," per the release.

The Associated Press reported Luzerne County Coroner Francis Hacken confirmed the second slain victim was 56-year-old Rosa D. Reyes of Nescopeck, the mother of Sura Reyes. She died after being struck by a vehicle and assaulted with a hammer, the outlet reported.

Meanwhile, Geisinger Hospital shared in a statement they treated more than 15 patients, including four who were in critical condition, ABC News reported.

"This is a complete tragedy in a community where there's already been tragedy," Petroski told reporters in a previous news conference, per the AP. "We are going to do our job to the best of our abilities to conduct a thorough investigation not only for the families but the community members. They're already hurting."

According to CBS News, a spokesperson for the police told the outlet that Sura Reyes is not being investigated in connection with the deadly house fire in Nescopeck.

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