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Dover man accused of hiding fatal crash arrested
A Dover man accused of covering up the crash that killed his girlfriend was arrested this week in Indianapolis, according to Indiana State Police.
Kevin Bell, 39, of 2001 Red Bank Road, Dover, was arrested at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis on Monday in connection with the crash that killed his girlfriend, Nikki Reed, 37, of Seymour, Indiana, in September, police said.
Bell faces charges of driving with a suspended license causing death, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to report a dead body, driving while suspended and false informing, according to police.
Police say he was taken into custody by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on a warrant issued Sept. 28. After being processed in Marion County, he will be taken to Jennings County, where he will be incarcerated until his court appearance or until he can post bail, police said.
It was not clear why Bell was seeking treatment at the hospital, according to police.
The background: Bell was driving Reed's car with Reed when the car crashed in rural Jennings County, according to police. The car veered off the highway, down an embankment and into a tree, according to previous reports.
Reed had taken off her seat belt and was rubbing Bell's body when the car left the road and crashed, according to a report from the Associated Press. Reed died from injuries suffered in the crash, and foul play is not suspected.
Because of Bell's leg injuries, he was not able to leave the car and crawl back to the road until three days after the crash, police said.
Indiana State Police allege Bell had lied to authorities about how he was injured and did not initially tell officers that he was in a crash or that his girlfriend was dead in the vehicle.
Police say Bell was reported missing along with Reed, and the car and Reed were soon found. Bell's license was found to have been suspended, according to police. Authorities also allege that Bell lied because of an outstanding warrant he has in Pennsylvania.
Prior charges: In July, New Cumberland Police filed harassment charges for Bell, online court records indicate. According to charging documents, Bell had contacted his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Lauck, repeatedly from June 1 to June 10. Before those messages, Bell had been told to stop messaging her and was sent a no-contact letter, saying he could have no communication with Lauck, documents state.
On June 19, Lauck told police Bell had texted her about 5:30 p.m. that day, with a message saying "you just love f—ing me over," according to police.
About an hour later, he texted her again, documents state.
When speaking with the officers over the phone, he said he kept contacting his ex-girlfriend because "he wanted his stuff back," police said. The phone then disconnected, documents state.
Lauck then told officers that Bell had messaged her about 7:50 p.m. saying he just wanted his stuff back, according to police. Shortly after 8 p.m. she received another message, saying "I'm not going to stop f—ing bugging you until I get my stuff away from you completely you sick old woman who treats woman like s—," documents state.
A warrant for Bell's arrest was issued Sept. 12, according to online court records.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.