Flannagan said Bell had no previous felony arrests, but that Flinchum had a case in 2013 for trafficking in marijuana and aggravated possession of drugs. Flinchum received treatment in lieu of conviction in those cases.
On Sept. 18, Bell and Flinchum were in a crash that claimed the life of Betty Sandlin, 67, of Middletown. Sandlin was pronounced dead at the scene on Dixie Highway near the Stonyrill Lane intersection in Franklin Twp., near Middletown in Warren County.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Lebanon post, Bell was driving a blue 2008 Honda Odyssey with Flinchum as her passenger, north on Dixie Highway. Bell’s minivan went left of center and struck Sandlin’s red 2011 Kia Forte that was headed south, troopers said.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and police are still waiting for completed lab reports, according to the patrol. No charges have been filed in that case.