Survivor of fatal Jennings County crash facing charges

Authorities don’t believe there was foul play involved in the death of a Seymour woman in a rural Jennings County crash. But what happened next has led to charges against the man driving the SUV.

37-year-old Nikki K. Hobbs Reed, of Seymour died Sept. 17th in an accident on U.S. 50 when the SUV she was riding in went off the road, down an embankment and crashed into a tree. Her death appears to have come shortly after the crash, according to an autopsy says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, of the Indiana State Police.

But a police investigation into why the driver, 39-year-old Kevin E. Bell, of Dover, Pennsylvania took three days to leave the wreckage and crawl for help, has led to a string of charges. Wheeles said that when Bell was found on the side of the road and initially questioned, he didn’t mention the wreck just down the embankment, or that Reed had died and was still inside the vehicle, Wheeles said.

Bell was hospitalized at an Indianapolis hospital for his injuries and then released. Yesterday a warrant was issued for his arrest after a review of the investigation by Jennings County Prosecutor’s office on felony charges including driving while suspended causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Misdemeanor charges include failure to report a dead body, driving while suspended and false informing.

Bell’s current whereabouts are unknown.