COLUMBIA COUNTY, Penn. (WBRE/WYOU) — State troopers have a man in custody they say is a suspect in a mass casualty incident in Columbia County, as well as an assault that left one woman dead in Luzerne County.
State troopers have charged Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, a 24-year-old man from Nescopeck, with killing two people and sending 17 others to the hospital with injuries on Saturday, Aug. 13.
State Trooper Anthony Petroski says that multiple people were gathered for a fundraiser event when they were struck by a vehicle.
According to Petroski, the crash left one person dead and sent 17 people to the emergency room.
Columbia County Coroner Jeremy Reese told WFXR’s sister station, WBRE/WYOU, the person who died at the scene of the crash was a 50-year-old woman. The identity of the woman is being held until additional family notifications can be made.
At 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, a representative from Geisinger provided this update on 15 of the 17 patients:
- Eight patients are being treated at Geisinger Medical Center Danville
- Five are in critical condition
- Three are in fair condition
- Four have been treated and released
- One patient has been treated and released from Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
- Two patients have been treated and released from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Shortly after the crash, Pennsylvania State Police said they received a call for a man that was physically assaulting a woman Upon arrival, responding troopers found the woman dead, and Reyes was taken into custody by municipal police.
Francis Hacken, the Luzerne County Coroner tells WBRE/WYOU the woman who died was 56-year-old Rosa D. Reyes, the suspect’s mother. She reportedly died after being struck by a car and assaulted multiple times with a hammer.
Investigators say Reyes is facing two open counts of criminal homicide. He has been denied bail and is being held in the Columbia County Correctional Facility.
Petroski could not confirm whether the crash into the crowd of people was intentional, but did say troopers would release information as it is available.
Both investigations are ongoing and very active.
WBRE/WYOU reporter Madonna Mantione got a first look at Reyes at 3 a.m. on Sunday.
When asked if he had any comment on the situation he responded, “Sorry, I’m sorry.”
Anyone with surveillance video or still images of the crash into the crowd is asked to send them to Pennsylvania State Police in Shickshinny barracks, Pennsylvania State Police Bloomsburg barracks, or call 911 and say you have surveillance video or images of the Berwick incident.
Mantione was on the scene from 7:30 p.m. Saturday, approximately one hour after the crash, until 3:30 a.m.
“Among a sea of people and commotion, there is a heavy law enforcement presence, including state police forensics and reconstruction units, and a heavy first responder presence, too,” Mantione said.
Mantione was able to speak with a local pastor who decided to help the best way he knew how after he heard about the chaos.
“Well, I was home barbecuing actually and began receiving messages from folks at my church that this was taking place so I thought they might need some spiritual support considering what’s happened here,” said Pastor Brad Iverson from the Berwick Bible Church. “They need help and so I just thought I’d come down to see if there was something I could do.”
WBRE/WYOU photographers are saying the areas around Center Street in Berwick have been shut down.
The Intoxicology Department bar, where the crash happened, announced they will be closed until further notice.
This is a developing story.