2 people involved in crash that killed Middletown woman facing drug charges

Two people involved in a September crash that killed a Middletown woman have been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on drug charges.

David Flinchum, 27, of Miamisburg, was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, aggravated possession of drugs (oxycodone), aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamines), and possession of drugs (alprazolam).

Emily Bell, 34, of Miamisburg, was indicted on aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamines).

Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, said the alleged offenses occurred on July 19, 2018 when Miamisburg police saw Flinchum and Bell in a vehicle in a high drug crime area during a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Flannagan said their vehicle had expired plates, which prompted police to conduct a traffic stop where drugs were found in the vehicle.

He said Flinchum and Bell were issued summonses to appear for arraignment on the charges at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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.

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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.

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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.

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