16-year-old girl killed in hit-and-run in Marion, suspect arrested

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UPDATE: Pedro Garcia pleaded guilty in Dec. 2016 and was sentenced in Jan. 2017 to six years in prison, four of which will be suspended. 

MARION, Ind. – Marion police arrested a suspect Thursday after a 16-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of 7th Street and Miller Avenue. When officers arrived on scene, they found a female unconscious in the roadway. She was later identified as Reamey Bell, 16, of Sweetser.

A woman at the scene said she was traveling northbound on South Miller Avenue when she saw Bell run to the rear of a vehicle parked in the driveway in the 700 block of South Miller Avenue. The vehicle then abruptly backed out of the driveway and struck the rear passenger side of the witness’s vehicle. Subsequently, Bell was pinned between the two vehicles at impact.

4 Fast Facts

  • Reamey Bell, 16, spent the night at a home in the 700 block of South Miller Avenue.
  • Around 5:30 a.m., a witness reported seeing Bell run to the rear of a vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence.
  • The car abruptly backed out, crushing Bell into a car that was traveling northbound.
  • A suspect has been arrested.

The driver of the other vehicle immediately left the area. Police arrested Pedro Garcia, 20, after he admitted to police he was the driver.

Garcia faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. More charges could be coming.

According to residents at the home in the 700 block of South Miller Avenue, Bell spent the night, but they weren’t sure why she was outside at 5:30 a.m.

Friends say Bell was the kind of person who loved being around others. They also describe her as funny and kind.

"I didn't want to believe that my best friend got hit by a car," said Lauren Fisher, a friend of Bell's who awoke to news of her death. "She was awesome. I have to say she was the funniest person person I ever met."

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