On August 5, an unhinged 24-year-old plowed his car into a crowd of people in a small town in Pennsylvania, killing one and injuring 17 others, then drove home and murdered his mother with a hammer.

Citizens of Berwick, Pennsylvania were fundraising for the families of those killed in a tragic fire earlier this month. Suddenly, a car barreled into the crowd, striking several individuals and fatally wounding one of them. The car then fled the scene, and it was later reported that the driver returned home to his town of Nescopeck where he attacked and killed his mother.

Emergency responders rush to the scene after Reyes drove his car into a crowd of fundraisers

Since reporting on this story on Sunday, new details have emerged.

The deranged driver has been identified as 24-year-old Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes. He reportedly got into a heated argument with his mother before he got into his car, which he drove to the neighboring town of Berwick.

Once in Berwick, Reyes drove straight into the crowd of fundraisers around 6:15 pm, where he killed 50-year-old Rebecca L. Reese and sent 17 others to the hospital, five of whom are in critical condition.

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Reyes then turned around and drove back home where he found his mother, Rosa Reyes, standing outside in the street. He floored the gas and smashed into her. Grabbing a hammer from his car, he got out and proceeded to beat his mother over the head with it.

The police shortly arrived on the scene and arrested Reyes, who is being held without bail and faces two open counts of criminal homicide.

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Once apprehended by the police, Reyes confirmed he was responsible for the incident in Berwick, saying “yeah, that was me.” He also told investigators that “I didn’t ram ’em, I just ran them over.”

Reyes also told police that he was just tired of fighting with his mother and wanted to be done with it.

While being escorted into a police vehicle, Reyes didn’t show any remorse to the reporters gathered outside the state police barracks.

When asked if he had anything to say, Reyes shrugged and said, “I’m sorry.”


Berwick is a town of just 10,000 people, and, less than a mile away, Nescopeck is a town of under 2,000. After a dozen residents have died in just over a week, the community has found itself dealing with a massive amount of loss and grief.

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

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