Howard County Sheriff’s Department officials released the names of a teen-age girl killed Saturday evening and the driver of the Chevrolet Cavalier of which she was a passenger.

Fourteen-year-old Kyla M. Bell, Kokomo, was riding in the car driven by her mother, Kim M. Bell, 38, in northeastern Howard County, when a pickup truck collided with the pair.

Although the teen, an eighth-grader at Northwestern Middle School, was wearing a seat belt and the car’s air bags deployed, the force of the impact was too great, according to Howard County Coroner Brad Bray.

Kyla Bell was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Joseph Hospital.

Howard County Sheriff Marty Talbert said Bell’s mother was initially treated at St. Joseph and was then airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of multiple rib fractures, a broken back and contusion to the head. He said her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The driver of the truck, Clayton Silence, 23, Kokomo, was uninjured. Silence’s father, Broad Silence, was a passenger in the truck and was treated and released for a contusion on the forehead at Howard Regional Health System.

The deadly crash occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at the intersection of 600 East and 400 North, north of Kokomo Municipal Airport.

Talbert said it appears the Cavalier was traveling north on 600 East and drove into the path of the truck, which was westbound on 400 North.

The truck slammed into the passenger side of the car, sending it into a utility pole, sheriff deputies said on the scene.

Talbert said officials are unsure if the Cavalier stopped at the stop sign for the north-south traffic.

“We’re not sure whether she stopped and then pulled into the path or if she just rolled through the stop sign,” he said.

The truck, which was towing a flatbed trailer, had the right of way.

Chemical blood tests were taken on both drivers as a matter of routine investigation, Talbert said. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor.

Talbert added that they had not located any eyewitnesses to the accident, and anyone with information is asked to contact Howard County Sheriff’s Department.

Amber Riggin may be reached at (765) 854-6740 or via e-mail at amber.riggin@kokomotribune.com

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