Man crawls onto roadway for help 3 days after deadly crash

Man crawls onto roadway for help 3 days after deadly crash
Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 11:15 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2016 at 12:05 PM EDT
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JENNINGS COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A man whose legs were injured in a deadly single-vehicle crash managed to crawl onto the roadway for help on Tuesday, three days after the accident.

Kevin Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania, and his girlfriend, Nikki Reed, 37, of Seymour, Indiana, had been listed as missing persons after an investigation was launched into Reed's disappearance two days earlier.

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Indiana State Police said troopers responded shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a one-vehicle crash with injuries on US 50 near the Jennings-Ripley County line. The troopers found a man with injuries to his legs along with a deceased woman inside the vehicle, which was well off the roadway. Police determined the two individuals had been listed as missing.

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On Sunday, family members told police Reed hadn't been heard from since Saturday while driving back to Indiana with Bell, whom she had traveled to Pennsylvania to pick up. During the course of the investigation, police learned that Bell's family hadn't been able to reach him since Saturday.

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After Bell was located on Tuesday, police determined that at some point on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 17, Bell lost control of the 1999 Ford Explorer he was driving and ran off the road in the 8600 block of east US 50. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and hit a tree head-on. The wreckage was not visible from the roadway.

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Police believe Reed, who was a front seat passenger, died instantly of injuries she suffered upon impact. Because of the injuries to Bell's legs, he was unable to leave the vehicle and crawl back to the road until Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital in North Vernon for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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