A confused Pennsylvania man has admitted plowing his car into a crowd, killing one and injuring 17 others before driving home and murdering his mother with a hammer.
Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, a 24-year-old from Nescopeck, reportedly got into an argument with his mother before boarding a vehicle and driving to neighboring Berwick, where the mass crash occurred, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WYOU.
Cops said he drove past the bar at the toxicology department, where a crowd had gathered for a fundraiser for the families of 10 people who tragically died in a fire earlier this month. He turned around after deciding to drive into the crowd.
Reyes told police he was just tired of fighting with his mother.
He sped into the crowd at around 6:15 p.m., killing 50-year-old Rebecca L. Reese and hospitalizing 17 others.
“I didn’t ram her, I just ran her over,” Reyes told police, according to the affidavit.
After the accident, Reyes drove back home. When he arrived he saw his mother standing outside in the street. Cops said he accelerated and crashed into them with the front of his car.
He told police he got a hammer out of his car and hit his mother in the head four or five times with it. When police arrived at the scene, they found the woman dead and arrested Reyes.
“This is a complete tragedy in a community that has already seen tragedy,” State Trooper Anthony Petroski told reporters.
“We will do our job to the best of our ability to conduct a thorough investigation not only for the families but also for the community members. They already hurt.”
When he was escorted to court by Pennsylvania State Police around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, the accused killer said “sorry,” WYOU reported.
Investigators say Reyes faces two open counts of criminal homicide. He was denied bail and is currently being held at the Columbia County Correctional Facility.
Of the 17 wounded victims, WYOU confirmed the condition of 15 of them.
Five are in critical condition and two are in good condition at Geisinger Medical Center Danville, where five other victims were treated and discharged.
One patient was treated and discharged from Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and two others were discharged from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
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