US hit-and-run victim's body 'put in van with rubbish'
A DRIVER with New York's medical examiner's office has been suspended after the body of a 26-year-old Irish hit-and-run victim was placed in a van with bags of rubbish.
Kevin Bell (below), originally from Newry, Co Down, was killed in the Bronx area of the city on Sunday as he walked home from a night out with friends.
According to reports in the 'New York Post', Mr Bell's body was taken off the road and put in a medical examiner's office van next to bags of grimy bottles.
A police officer held up a large white sheet to cover the scene as the body was placed in the back of the van.
Last night a spokeswoman for the office of the chief medical examiner told the Irish Independent that the incident was under investigation.
"The staff member in question has been suspended without pay pending an investigation. We are taking this very seriously," she said.
She added that a post- mortem had been carried out on the remains and it found that Mr Bell had died of trauma to the head. The death was accidental, she said.
It's understood that Mr Bell, a construction worker and champion Irish dancer, had been living in New York for around a year.