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Man crashes car in Pennsylvania into crowd honoring victims of fire, leaving 1 dead, 17 hurt: Police reports

Courtesy: WNEP (WNEP)

The Pennsylvania crash site was at a memorial for victims of a fire

According to authorities, a suspect in Eastern Pennsylvania was arrested after driving through a crowd of people at an event honoring victims of a recent fire and afterward assaulting a woman.

According to WOLF-TV, a large police presence was reported at the Intoxicology Department bar in Berwick, Pennsylvania, after many people were allegedly struck.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, one person was killed and 17 others were injured in the incident.

“On Saturday, August 13, 2022, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police Bloomsburg received a call to assist Berwick Police Department with a vehicle that drove through a crowd at a community event on West 2nd Street, Berwick Borough, Columbia County,” a statement said.

According to ABC News, twelve people were transferred to Geisinger Danville Hospital, three to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, one to Berwick Hospital, and one to Geisinger Bloomsburg.

The suspect ran away from the scene.

According to WNEP-TV, the crash occurred during a day-long event intended to benefit the families of ten people killed in a recent fire in Nescopeck, Pennsylvania.

The same suspect believed to be responsible for the crash was later found in Luzerne County, where police responded to a report of a male suspect beating a woman.

“Upon Troopers arrival, they discovered a female deceased and a male who was detained by a Municipal Police Department,” the statement added. The suspect remains in custody at PSP Shickshinny, awaiting criminal charges.

The Borough of Berwick Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

Investigations into both incidents remain active.

“The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office along with the Troop N Major Case Team is investigating the homicide incident in Berwick, Columbia County,” PSP said. 

The suspect’s name has not been revealed.

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