According to several Wednesday reports, scammers are targeting Pennsylvanians in an attempt to profit off the tragic deaths of two state troopers.
“It’s disgusting to even have to issue this statement, but our members and others are reporting to us that they’re receiving phone calls from people alleging to represent law enforcement organizations that are raising money to benefit the families of our fallen brothers,” Pennsylvania State Troopers Association (PTSA) President David Kennedy reportedly said.
“The public should not make donations or provide personal information to these callers,” he continued. “The PSTA is the only official organization that represents and serves Pennsylvania State Troopers, and we do not use telephone solicitation for fundraising.”
Police did not say whether it had any leads about the identities of the scammers.
In the early morning hours Monday, Pennsylvania State Troopers Martin Mack and Branden Sisca were dispatched to help a civilian, later identified as Reyes Rivera Oliveras, walking on I-95.
While attempting to detain the man at the scene, 21-year-old Jayana Tanae Webb allegedly struck both troopers while driving at a high rate of speed and under the influence.
All three men died.
Webb has been charged with three counts of third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, and several other charges related to driving while impaired. She was arraigned Tuesday and denied bail.
The self-proclaimed “best drunk driver ever,” was reportedly pulled over just minutes before the fatal crash on suspicion of drunk driving, but was let off the hook when the troopers got the call about Oliveras walking down the highway.
“I again extend my deepest condolences to the colleagues and loved ones of Troopers Mack and Sisca, as well as Mr. Oliveras,” District Attorney Larry Krasner reportedly said. “My office will now seek to ensure this defendant is held accountable for her alleged actions that resulted in this senseless loss of life.”
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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Pennsylvania Daily Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].