VERNON, Ind. — A Pennsylvania man whose girlfriend died when the SUV he was driving plunged down an embankment damaged his legs so badly that he had to stay with her body for three days before he was able to crawl to a roadside for help.
Nikki K. Reed, 37, of Seymour, Indiana, died instantly when the vehicle crashed Saturday afternoon near the Jennings-Ripley County line in southeast Indiana, state police said. Troopers found Kevin Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening.
Bell was taken with non-life threatening injuries to a hospital in North Vernon, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Indianapolis.
Family members told police that Reed had made a trip to Pennsylvania to pick up Bell and that they last heard from her Saturday when the two were traveling back to Indiana. Reed’s family reported her missing on Sunday and state police said Bell’s family hadn’t been able to contact him since Saturday.
Police said Bell lost control of the SUV, sending it down an embankment off U.S. 50 and head-on into a tree. Reed was seated in the front passenger seat, authorities said. The vehicle wasn’t visible from the roadway, police said. An investigation continues.