Pennsylvania man arrested in death of Seymour woman


The man who survived a wreck that led to the death of a Seymour woman Sept. 17 in eastern Jennings County was arrested on a warrant Monday in Indianapolis.

On Sept. 27, the Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office had charged Kevin Eugene Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania, with a Level 5 felony charge of operating while suspended resulting in death in connection with a wreck that led to the death of Nikki K. Hobbs Reed, 37.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that Bell was taken into custody at about 4 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent Hospital, according to The Associated Press.

Marion County officials say Bell is at the Marion County Jail awaiting legal proceedings in Jennings County.

Bell also faces Class A misdemeanor charges of failure to report a dead body and operating while suspended and a Class B felony charge of false informing in connection with Reed’s death near the Jennings County line with Ripley County.

Reed’s family had reported her missing Sept. 18 after the mother of three failed to return from a trip to pick up Bell.

The family said she had last been heard from at 12:38 p.m. Sept. 17 while driving back to Indiana with Bell, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Master Trooper Rick Hewitt with the Indiana State Police. Trooper Jordan Craig had investigated the pair’s disappearance.

Police said they believe at some point in the afternoon of Sept. 17, Bell lost control of the sport utility vehicle and ran off the road in the 8600 block of East U.S. 50.

At that time, police said it appeared Reed, who was in the front passenger seat, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and died instantly.

On the afternoon of Sept. 20, Hewitt responded to the 8600 block of East U.S. 50 in Jennings County near the Ripley County line and found Bell alongside the road with a broken leg and various personal belongings.

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