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Man charged in crash that killed girlfriend apologizes on way into court

Nikki Reed and Kevin Bell (Source: WAVE 3 News archive) Nikki Reed and Kevin Bell (Source: WAVE 3 News archive)
This is the vehicle Bell was trapped in for three days. (Source: Indiana State Police) This is the vehicle Bell was trapped in for three days. (Source: Indiana State Police)
Kevin Bell apologized to Nikki Reed's family on his way to court on Wednesday. (Source: Katie Bauer/WAVE 3 News) Kevin Bell apologized to Nikki Reed's family on his way to court on Wednesday. (Source: Katie Bauer/WAVE 3 News)

JENNINGS COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - The man behind the wheel of the crash that killed his girlfriend in Jennings County last month is now in jail, facing several charges in the crash.

Kevin Bell said he wasn't able to get help for three days while he was stranded in a wooded area on US 50. Bell was driving Nikki Reed’s SUV that day. He told police he got distracted, lost control, slid down a ravine and slammed into a tree. 

Police questioned Bell after he crawled to safety and get help. Foul play is not suspected in Reed's death, but police said what Bell did after the crash has him facing charges. They said his story changed throughout their investigation.

The Pennsylvania native now has a new address at the Jennings County Jail. 

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Bell was wheeled into court on Wednesday, his leg still badly injured from the September 17 crash. 

"I didn’t do it deliberately for what happened, but it was just an accident," Bell said on his way into court. 

Police believe Reed was killed instantly. Bell eventually told investigators he stayed in the car for three days before crawling to safety. The couple each had a cell phone, but Bell said by the third day when he attempted to call 911, the battery exhausted. 

Court documents show once police arrived, Bell did not mention the car crash or the fact that Reed was still in the car. 

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"What I did was wrong, so that’s all I have to say," Bell said on Wednesday. 

Bell appeared before a judge to face numerous charges, including driving while suspended causing death, leaving the scene of fatal crash, failure to report a dead body and false informing. 

Bell had this message for Reed’s loved ones: "I’m sorry for what I did and I loved her and she was happy with me and I’m just sorry for what I did and I didn’t mean to do that to her family."

Bell remains in jail and the judge increased his bond to $20,000 bond since he lives out of state. 

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