Irene Claims 8 Lives in Pa., NJ - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Irene Claims 8 Lives in Pa., NJ

Flooding and high winds caused seven deaths over the weekend.



    Irene Claims 8 Lives in Pa., NJ

    New Jersey

    Police say that 20-year-old Celena Sylvestri of Quinton called her boyfriend and then 911 early Sunday seeking help getting out of her flooded car in Pilesgrove. Her body was found eight hours later in the vehicle, which was about 150 feet off the road, police said.

    Ronald Dawkins, a 47-year-old postal worker, abandoned his vehicle when it became partly submerged in water early Sunday, according to Kearny police. He then tried to wade through rising water, and witnesses said he stepped into a hidden drainage creek. His body was found about two hours later.


    NJ Woman Dies After Her Truck is Swept Away in Flood Waters

    [PHI] NJ Woman Dies After Her Truck is Swept Away in Flood Waters
    Celena Janielle Sylvestri, 21, died in Pikes Grove Township, Salem County, N.J. early Sunday morning when her truck was swept away in rising water. She was on the phone with 911, but rescuers could not get to her in time.
    (Published Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011)

    The body of 64-year-old Patricia O'Neill, of East Norriton, was discovered Sunday afternoon in the Wissahickon Creek, about a half mile from where her car was found in the flooded waterway. Whitemarsh Township police said her family reported her missing after she didn't show up at work.

    A man in Northeast Philadelphia was killed Saturday when he lost control of his car during the storm, hit a power pole and brought down live wires. His female passenger was rushed to Torresdale Hospital.

    Michael Scerarko, 44, was killed Sunday when a tree fell on him in his yard in Stroudsburg. Scerarko pushed his son out of the way, but could not get out of the way himself, police said.

    A 58-year-old Harrisburg man was killed Sunday morning when a tree toppled onto his tent, according to state police. The man was one of about 20 people at a party on private property in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County, some of whom who decided to sleep outside.

    State emergency management officials say a man in a camper was crushed by a tree in northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County. Police found his body shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday.

    A motorist was killed in Carbon County when he lost control of his car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, skidded over an embankment and hit a tree. State officials attributed the accident to the storm.


    Police in Delaware are searching for two friends who went missing around midnight Saturday. Christopher Valentine, 25, from Hockessin, Delaware and John Baptista, 25, from New Jersey were last seen walking home from a friend's house.

    If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the two missing men, please call New Castle Police at 302-573-2800 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-333.