Crash survivor sent text to co-worker hours before he was found

Fatal crash survivor sent text to co-worker hours before he was found

JENNINGS COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Family and friends of a Southern Indiana woman killed in a car wreck say they want to know what really happened.

Police say Nikki Reed, 37, of Seymour was killed after her SUV slammed into a tree Saturday. The driver, her boyfriend, Kevin Bell, 39, of Dover, Penn. survived, but wasn't discovered until Tuesday after he crawled to safety.

Indiana State Police said the couple each had a cell phone. When police arrived to meet Bell, he had his on him. Now Reed's family and friends just want to know why he didn't call 911.

"That is a concern for us if he chose not to report this as soon as he possibly could," Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.

A little after 5 p.m. Tuesday, a 911 call was made by a passerby on U.S 50 in Jennings County who had noticed an injured man on the side of the road.

"What's your name buddy?" the passerby asked the man while on the phone with the dispatcher. "His name is Kevin Bell."

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During the call you can hear Bell in the background. Police believe he had just crawled to safety from the crash that killed Reed sometime Saturday afternoon.

"What's wrong with you?" the passerby asked Bell while on the phone with 911. "He says that his shin is broken. 'Were you hit by a car?' You fell and broke your shin and that's why you are sitting here because you can't move anywhere? Gotcha."

During the call, Bell never mentions to the crash. It wouldn't be until police later started questioning him that they would discover the wrecked Explorer down a 100-foot embankment. Police said it does not appear Bell suffered a head injury, even though he was dehydrated and dazed, when they arrived.

"I just don't understand how everything played out and how he could not let someone know that Nikki was in the vehicle," Reed's cousin Samantha Tredway said.

Police said both Reed and Bell were reported missing over the weekend.

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One of Bell's co-workers tells WAVE 3 News, he sent him a text message Monday night and got a response from Bell's phone Tuesday morning that said "car accident."

"If you can send a text message at 10 a.m., why couldn't you call 911?" Reed's cousin, Pam Smith, asked.

Indiana State Police said they later realized there was a newly-issued warrant for Bell's arrest out of Pennsylvania for not appearing in court.

"The warrant was not a warrant that we would arrest for here in Indiana," Wheeles said.

Reed's family and friends say they just want to get to the truth.

"I don't think it's adding up," Reed's friend Amanda Jones said. "It's not adding up at all."

Bell remains hospitalized with serious leg injuries in Indianapolis. WAVE 3 News reached out to him to get his side of the story, but he said he wasn't interested in doing any interviews.

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