17 Injured, 2 Killed After Man Slams Car into Crowd, Attacks Woman With Hammer

A motorist Saturday night slammed his car into a benefit fundraiser for the victims of a horrific house fire in Berwick, Pennsylvania. At least 17 people were injured and one person was killed.

Five children were reportedly among those injured.

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State police say the driver fled the scene and attacked a woman with a hammer. The victim did not survive her injuries.

“Well, I was home barbecuing actually and began receiving messages from folks at my church that this was taking place so I thought they might need some spiritual support considering what’s happened here,” Pastor Brad Iverson from the Berwick Bible Church told television station WHTM. “They need help and so I just thought I’d come down to see if there was something I could do.”

The Nescopeck fire in Luzerne County killed 10 people, including three children. 

“This is crazy. I didn’t even bury my kids yet,” The Citizens Voice quoted Nescopeck volunteer firefighter Harold Baker saying as he hugged a woman outside the Berwick scene, telling her other families members were hurt when the car ran into the crowd. Baker’s son, daughter and three grandchildren were among the 10 people who died in the Aug. 5 fire.

The dead from the fire included seven adults and three children. All 10 victims died of smoke inhalation, according to the Luzerne County coroner.

State police say the suspect in both attacks is in custody. There’s no word just yet on a motive.