After Kevin Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania, survived a car crash that killed his 37-year-old girlfriend, Nikki Reed, he remained in the wrecked vehicle for three days until he was able to crawl to the roadway for help, according to WBAY.
On Saturday, Bell was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer with Reed as his passenger when he suddenly veered off the road, "traveled down the embankment" and slammed into a tree head-on in Jennings County, Indiana.
The crash killed Reed, who is a mother of three, instantly, but Bell survived the crash.
However, "Bell's legs were badly damaged" and he had to remain in the wrecked vehicle with his girlfriend's dead body for three days until he was able to crawl to the roadway for help.
Meanwhile, the couple's relatives began to worry and reported the couple missing after they failed to make it back.
Reed's daughter, Brooklyn, stated that her mother left the home early Friday morning to pick up her boyfriend and promised her children that she would return by 2:00 p.m. the following day.Brooklyn added that she spoke to her mother on Saturday around 12:00 p.m. and "she had me go to Walmart to get a cake for my little brother and she told me to call her before I went so I called her and she said everything was fine."
"She said she was in Kentucky so I didn't think anything of it. So I went in and she said to call her when I came back out so I went to call her and she didn't answer her phone."Days went by and there was still no sign of Reed and Bell.
Brooklyn stated that her mother "wouldn't leave me or my brothers at all. If she was leaving she would tell us, but I don't think she would ever leave us."
"We want her to come home. We're not mad at her, we just want her to be safe."However, relatives were devastated Tuesday when they learned that Reed was killed in a car accident and her boyfriend remained in the vehicle for 72 hours until he was able to crawl to the roadway for help.
Apparently, a Good Samaritan, Terry Jared, stated that as he was driving home from work at around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, he noticed "something strange" when he reached the stretch of U.S. 50 in Jennings County.
Just a few feet from the road, Bell was sitting on a guard rail watching as cars drove by without stopping."I saw him, and I kind of swerved out-of-the-way because I didn't want him to think I was going to hit him," said Jared. "When I first passed him, I thought maybe he was a hitchhiker, I didn't really know. But the more I thought about it, I just said to myself, 'He is so close to the road that something's got to be wrong.'"
Not realizing that Bell had been in a car crash, Jared offered him a ride and he said, "Sir, a ride to Seymour sounds great, but do you think you could just call me an ambulance?'"
Jared called 911 and waited for emergency responders to arrive at the scene.
According to WLKY, Bell never mentioned that he was in a car crash. It wasn't until Jared went online and learned that Bell crawled to the roadway after being trapped in the wrecked vehicle for three days.Jared stated that he "cannot imagine what that man must have gone through, and then for him to sit there and watch car after car pass."
"When I read the rest of his story this morning, it was a little overwhelming thinking he had been in a tragic accident where the person with him had died, and he had been trapped in that vehicle with them for three days."One of the first words I said to him, and one of the last I said to him, I told him, I said, 'Kevin, for all of humanity, I apologize to you.'"
Bell was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis with non-life threatening injuries.
An investigation into the fatal car crash is underway.
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