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Charges Filed After Fatal Crash Kills Seymour Woman
Updated September 30, 2016 7:04 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(JENNINGS CO) - Police are looking for 37-year-old Kevin Bell of Dover, Pennsylvania.

He is wanted on charges related to a fatal crash on September 17 that resulted in the death of 37-year-old Nikki Reed of Seymour.

During the investigation, troopers with the Indiana State Police Versailles Post learned that Bell was driving the vehicle that crashed in rural Jennings County near the Ripley County Line, killing Reed who was the front seat passenger.

On Tuesday, September 20, Bell left the vehicle and was located by a passerby along U.S. 50 in Jennings County with injuries sustained in the crash.

Trooper Rick Hewitt arrived on scene and spoke with Bell. Bell lied to the trooper about how he was injured and did not initially tell officers that he had been in a crash or that Reed was dead inside the vehicle.

After determining that Bell had been reported as a missing person along with Reed, the trooper searched the area and found the vehicle and Reed.

During the course of the investigation, police determined that Bell was driving on a suspended driver's license at the time of the crash.

Bell was hospitalized in an Indianapolis hospital and was released earlier this week.

The Jennings County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the case and issued a warrant for Bell charging him with driving while his driver's license was suspended causing death, a Level 5 felony, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a Level 5 felony, failure to report a dead body, a Class A misdemeanor, driving while driver's license suspended, a Class A misdemeanor, false informing, a Class B misdemeanor.

An autopsy was completed on Reed last week. The results preliminarily confirmed that Reed's fatal injuries were sustained in the initial collision. No foul play is suspected in her death at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.



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