PA – One person was killed and 17 others were injured when a vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar to raise money for victims of a fire that killed 10 earlier this month, authorities said. The suspect later killed a woman in a separate incident, police said.
The accident happened outside the Poison Control Department bar in Berwick around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. In a statement, the Pennsylvania State Police identified the driver as Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24. He was arraigned early Sunday morning on two counts of criminal homicide.
He was taken into custody after authorities received a call about an assault in nearby Nescopeck. Responding soldiers found a dead woman. The identities of the deceased were not immediately released.
The bar was hosting a fundraiser for those affected by an Aug. 5 fire that killed seven adults and three children in Nescopeck, the station reported.
The circumstances surrounding the Saturday night crash were not immediately clear, including whether there was any connection to the fire or the fundraising effort.
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The first funerals for the fire victims were held on Friday and more are scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Authorities have said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.