Pennsylvania man arrested for crash that killed girlfriend in Indiana

Kevin Bell (Indiana State Police)

INDIANAPOLIS (WHTM) – A Central Pennsylvania man facing charges in a crash that killed his girlfriend in Indiana has been arrested.

Kevin Bell, 39, of Dover, was arrested Monday at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis on a warrant issued on Sept. 28, Indiana State Police said.

Police expected him to be jailed Thursday until his initial court appearance or until he can post bond. Authorities do not know why he was again seeking treatment at the hospital where he was admitted after the crash.

Bell is facing felony charges of driving while suspended causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He also faces misdemeanor counts of failure to report a dead body, driving while suspended, and false informing.

(Indiana State Police)
(Indiana State Police)

Bell and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Nikki Reed, crashed on Route 50 in Jennings County on Sept. 17. Reed, the front-seat passenger, was killed.

On Sept. 20, police said Bell left the vehicle and was found by a passerby.

Police said Bell lied to the responding trooper about how he sustained his injuries, and he did not initially tell officers he had been in a crash or that Reed was dead inside the vehicle.

After learning that Bell and Reed had been reported missing two days earlier, the trooper found Reed and the SUV, which was not visible from the road.

An autopsy preliminarily confirmed Reed’s fatal injuries were sustained in the crash. No foul play is suspected in her death.

Police had been looking for Bell. He was released from the Indianapolis hospital days before the charges were filed.

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