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Ty Bell, 18, died as the result of a one-vehicle crash early Sunday near New York Mills.

Court records: Car was traveling 114 mph seconds before NY Mills man died

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Recently released court documents show that 21-year-old Daniel Edmund Resch was driving 114 mph seconds before his car crashed, causing the death of 2011 New York Mills graduate Ty Vernon Bell.

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Resch's blood alcohol content was .14, over the legal limit, according to court documents.

Resch is facing four felony vehicular homicide charges stemming from the July 17 incident, which also severely injured a 15-year-old NY Mills girl.

Court documents from the case tell a story of a summer night gone bad. Resch, Bell and the 15-year-old girl were partying at a friend's parents' house and had arranged for a designated driver. But when the designated driver went to say goodbye to friends before transporting the group to Deer Creek, Resch insisted they take off - he got in the driver's seat.

The designated driver attempted to contact those in the car, and did, just minutes before the crash. The designated driver's main message was that they shouldn't be driving.

At around 2:17 a.m., a sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene of the accident. There, he saw a 15-year-old disoriented and injured girl walking down the road. Bell, who was discovered in the back seat, was declared dead at the scene.

Resch was located a short time later at a nearby residence - he was taken by law enforcement back to the scene of the accident, where he confirmed that Bell was an occupant in the vehicle. From there, Resch was taken to the hospital, where he blew a .13. Blood tests later revealed his alcohol content was .14.

At the hospital, Resch broke down, knowing that the early morning accident would change his life - he complained that a future in the Navy would never happen.

In later interviews with law enforcement, Resch said Bell was driving when the car crashed. According to court documents, Resch said he got out to urinate, when Bell took the wheel. He also said he tried to call 911 after the crash.

The 15-year-old girl in the accident told law enforcement Resch was driving the vehicle, and Bell was in the backseat. The girl was in the passenger seat. Blood samples from the passenger-side airbag matched that of Resch's and the girl's, according to court documents.

A friend of the 15-year-old told law enforcement that she had called her friend minutes before the crash, at which point her friend stated that they were traveling 110 mph.

Skid marks studied at the scene indicate the car slid for 100 yards on County Highway 8. A Sensing and Diagnostic Model removed from the 2006 Chevy Cobalt revealed the car was traveling at 114 mph five seconds before the crash and 91 mph one second before impact, according to the court document.

The car landed on its side in a ditch against two trees.

The girl involved in the accident suffered a left interior pubic ramus fracture, a traumatic brain injury and a liver laceration, in addition to abrasions.

Resch was released with conditions. His next trial date has not yet been set.

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