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Suspect confesses in deadly crash into crowd at benefit, police say

The suspect in Saturday’s deadly vehicle collision with a crowd in Pennsylvania said it had been intentional and detailed a subsequent fatal attack on his mother, police said Sunday.

Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24, faces two open counts of criminal homicide following a deaths of a yet-to-be identified 50-year-old woman from Wilkes-Barre who was simply in the crowd and Reyes’ mother, identified by the Luzerne County coroner as Rosa D. Reyes, 56.

In a criminal complaint filed Sunday, Pennsylvania State Police investigators say defendant Reyes confessed to both homicides around 2 miles apart after he was informed of his right never to cooperate.

A trooper asked whether he was alert to what happened outside a bar in Berwick, in which a vehicle struck 18 people early Saturday.

“Yeah, that has been me,” the defendant is quoted as saying.

Based on the complaint’s narrative, he confessed to Troopers Jason Zoshak and Andrew Morgantini, who interviewed Reyes at the Shickshinny state police jail, that the spree started when he drove off after a disagreement along with his mother at their house in Nescopeck.

He said he happened to operate a vehicle by way of a crowd gathered in a parking lot outside a Berwick bar and eatery called Intoxicology Department, that was hosting good results for groups of those killed in a horrific house fire Aug. 5.

Troopers quote Reyes as saying he was “accelerating” because the Honda Accord he drove struck the crowd. He discussed his mindset right now, saying he was sick and tired of arguing along with his mother about money along with other matters, based on the document.

“I didn’t ram ’em,” Reyes is quoted as saying. “I simply ran them over.”

The defendant said he returned home to Nescopeck, over the Susquehanna River from Berwick, saw his mother in the pub and accelerated into her, based on the complaint.

He got from the vehicle, saw that she was unconscious, grabbed a hammer he knew was in the Honda and struck her 4 or 5 times, the complaint states.

Reyes was arrested following the Nescopeck incident. Both victims were pronounced dead at their respective scenes.

In Berwick, 17 other folks were injured, five critically, following the collision soon after 6 p.m. outside Intoxicology Department, hospital officials and police said.

People had gathered beyond your venue, where attractions included a scheduled water balloon fight, a dunk tank, various vendors with blue pop-up canopies and a basket raffle, in accordance with its social media marketing accounts.

The establishment said on Facebook it had been closed until further notice.

“Today was a complete tragedy,” the post said. “Please respect our privacy while we grieve and make an effort to process the events that occurred.”

The criminal complaint didn’t address questions from reporters Saturday about possible connections between your defendant and the Aug. 5 fire that inspired the power.

Reyes was denied bail and had been held at the Columbia County Correctional Facility, state police said Sunday.

Dennis Romero

Dennis Romero is really a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.

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