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Driver Kills 1 and Injures 17 at Pennsylvania Benefit, Then Kills Another, Police Say

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Top 3 Best ,terrifying scene Saturday that compounded the tragedy of a recent deadly fire in eastern Pennsylvania, a man rammed his car into a fundraising event for families affected by the fire, killing one. Killed, wounded 17 people, drove off and mortally wounded. Authorities said he beat the woman before being arrested by police.

The four people injured in the crash in Berwick, a municipality about 45 miles southwest of Scranton, were in critical condition late Saturday, said a spokesman for Geisinger Medical Center, where many of the victims were taken. One Joseph H. Stender III said: A woman was found dead in her neighborhood Nescopeck, the scene of a deadly fire that killed 10 people as she tore her, rent two-story home on August 5.

The fundraiser was intended to respond to and benefit home fire victims and families, including volunteer firefighter Harold Baker, who lost his 22-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son. In the flames, as six other families. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, those who died in the Neskopec fire included three children aged 5, 6 and 7. The oldest victim was 79 years old.

In a terrible twist, just eight days after the fire, Mr. Baker replied: At the site of Neskopec Saturday where a woman was killed. He said his daughter-in-law and several other relatives were injured and his daughter-in-law’s aunt died in a crash at a fundraiser. I have to deal with it,” he said.

In a statement late Saturday, the Pennsylvania State Police called the crime investigator scene “very active.” The suspect was arrested by local police at the scene of the violent death and is being held in state police custody pending criminal charges, the statement said. His name has not been released.

Saturday night’s crash added a new wave of grief to the small community devastated by the Aug. 5 fires, which authorities described as “violent” and “powerful.” The cause of the fire has not been made public. At a press conference late Saturday, trooper Anthony Petrosky said the suspect in Saturday’s death is now not the suspect in the fire, according to The Times Leader in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania.

Residents of the area struggled to process what happened in just one week. Berwick resident Robin Masina, daughter of Neskopec mayor’s daughter, said in an interview late Saturday that confusion and anger were exacerbated by so many unanswered questions about the fire.

“What is this madness?” said Masina. “Why is it happening? We are a small town and probably haven’t been in the news since the 1978 flood.”

She believes the community is united after the fire and that enough funds have been raised so that families can bury their loved ones and get back on their feet.Saturday’s event demonstrated the spirit of the community. However, the ensuing violence disrupted the healing process.

Lauren Hess, owner of the Intoxicology Department, a bar and restaurant that hosted benefits before the accident, said she quickly planned an event to help those affected by the fire. According to Scranton-based TV station WNEP,Donations from the community flooded in, she said.

“I got a call on Friday and immediately thought, ‘They are in grief and pain, what can I do?'”

Children’s laughter, country music, and water balloon battles kicked off the event in a fun way. “It’s going to be a great day!” the host posted on her Facebook earlier Saturday.

The bar posted a statement on Facebook late Saturday, calling the day an “absolute tragedy” and saying it would be closed until further notice.

Massina, the daughter of the mayor of Neskopec, said violence was rare in the community “besides a ridiculous bar fight on Saturday night.”

“And now devastation after devastation, literally days apart,” she said.

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