A southern IN woman reported missing was found dead three days after the crash that took her life when her badly hurt boyfriend crawled from the crash site and contacted police.
Indiana State Police said they found 39-year-old Kevin Bell of Dover on Tuesday evening. During the course of the investigation, police learned that Bell’s family had not been able to contact him.
Indiana State Police say 37-year-old Nikki K. Reed died instantly when the vehicle crashed Saturday afternoon near the Jennings-Ripley County line in southeast Indiana.
When the trooper arrived he found a male with leg injuries.
Police said the scene of the crash was well off U.S. 50 and not immediately visible from the road.
An investigation determined that at some point Saturday afternoon, the boyfriend lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. He also located a deceased woman in the vehicle, which was located well off the roadway in a wooded area and was not visible from the roadway. If it hadn’t hit the tree, it would have ended up in a pond, troopers said.
They said Bell sustained injuries to his legs and it took him several days to crawl back to the road.
Tragic: Kevin Bell, 39, lost control of this SUV in southeastern in on Sunday afternoon, and hit a tree down an embankment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The sport utility vehicle went down an embankment, slammed into a tree head-on and instantly killed Reed, the front-seat passenger. Reed had her trip to Pennsylvania when she picked up Bell and family members said that they have talked their last talk with her when she was with Bell on her way to Indiana.