Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes admits to plowing through the crowd and killing his mother with a hammer
A deranged Pennsylvania man has admitted ramming his car into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring 17 others, before driving home and murdering his mother with a hammer.
Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, a 24-year-old man from Nescopeck, allegedly argued with his mother before jumping into a vehicle and driving to Berwick, where the crash claimed multiple lives, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WYOU.
Cops said he walked past the addiction department bar where a crowd had gathered for a fundraiser for the families of 10 people who were tragically killed in a fire earlier this month. He turned around after deciding to charge into the crowd.
Reyes told police he was just tired of fighting with his mother.
He charged into the crowd around 6:15 p.m., killing Rebecca L. Reese, 50, and sending 17 others to the hospital.
« I didn’t ram into them, I just knocked them down, » Reyes told police, according to the affidavit.
After the accident, Reyes returned home. When he arrived, he saw his mother standing outside in the street. Cops said he put the gas on the ground and rammed her with the front of his car.
He told police he retrieved a hammer from 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 where there has been tragedy before,” State Trooper Anthony Petroski told reporters.
“We will do our job to the best of our abilities to conduct a thorough investigation not only for the families but also for members of the community. They are already suffering.
As he was driven 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 injured, WYOU confirmed the condition of 15 of them.
Five are in critical condition and two are in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center Danville, where five other victims were treated and released.
One patient was treated and discharged from Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, and two others were released from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.