Pennsylvania driver admits to plowing into crowd, killing mom with hammer

A deranged Pennsylvania man has admitted to plowing his car into a crowd of people, killing one and wounding 17 others, before he drove home and murdered his mother with a hammer.

Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, a 24-year-old from Nescopeck, reportedly got into an argument with his mother before hopping into a vehicle and driving to neighboring Berwick, where the mass casualty crash occurred, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WYOU.

Cops said he drove by the Intoxicology 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 he decided to drive into the crowd.

Reyes told police he was just tired of fighting with his mother.

He barreled into the crowd around 6:15 p.m., killing 50-year-old Rebecca L. Reese and sending 17 others to the hospital.

Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes hit his mother with car before killing her with a hammer.

“I didn’t ram ’em, I just ran them over,” Reyes said to police, according to the affidavit.

After the crash, Reyes drove back home. When he arrived, he saw his mother standing outside in the street. Cops said he floored the gas and crashed into her with the front of his car.

He told police he got a hammer from his car and bashed his mother in the head four or five times with it. When police arrived on scene they found the woman dead and arrested Reyes.

“This is a complete tragedy in a community where there’s already been tragedy,” State Trooper Anthony Petroski told reporters.

“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.”

Crime scene of mass casualties.
Reyes was denied bail and is facing two open counts of criminal homicide.
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As he was being led to court by Pennsylvania State Police around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, the accused killer said “sorry,” WYOU reported.

Investigators say Reyes is facing two open counts of criminal homicide. He was denied bail and is currently lodged in 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 fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center Danville, where five other victims have been treated and released.

One patient was treated and released from Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, and two others have been released from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

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