Indy Recruit Firefighter Dies in 4-Vehicle Crash Near Mt. Comfort Airport
MT. COMFORT, Ind. -- A 26-year-old Indianapolis man died and two other people were hospitalized after a four-vehicle crash Friday night near the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Hancock County.
David R. Short II died in the operating room at IU Health Methodist Hospital, according to a news release from the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team.
Short was an Indianapolis Fire Department recruit firefighter, said IFD spokeswoman Reith Reith in an email. He is survived by his parents, a sister, a brother and two half-siblings. His girlfriend, Morgan Kimmell, 25, of Indianapolis, was a passenger in Short's vehicle, Reith said. Hancock County authorities said Kimmell was taken to Methodist Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The Hancock County Sheriff's Department was sent about 6:25 p.m. to the intersection of County Road 600 West (also known as Mt. Comfort Road) and Airport Boulevard for a crash.
The crash team said a gray Ford F-150 was northbound on Mt. Comfort Road when a black Dodge Ram 1500 traveling south on the same road crossed the centerline. The driver of the F-150, driven by Adrian Hampton, 39, of Greenfield, was unable to avoid a collision and was struck by the Dodge Ram, which was driven by a boy who was not identified in the release. Hampton was not hurt. The boy was taken to Methodist in serious condition.
A Honda CRV, driven by Short, was also northbound on Mt. Comfort Road behind the F-150. After the Dodge Ram struck the F-150, the Dodge Ram struck the Honda head-on and forced both vehicles off the road and causing the Honda CRV to roll over. The Honda CRV and the Dodge Ram both ended up on the east side of Mt. Comfort Road.
Morgan Kimmell, 25, of Indianapolis, was a passenger in the Honda CRV. She was taken to Methodist with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The fourth vehicle, a Ford Edge SUV, was southbound on Mt. Comfort Road behind the Dodge Ram. When the Dodge Ram and F-150 hit, the F-150 was forced across the lanes of travel, causing the F-150 to strike the rear of the Ford Edge, forcing both vehicles off the road. The Ford F-150 and the Ford Edge SUV ended up on the west side of Mt. Comfort Road.
The Ford Edge was driven by Carissa Rouse, 24, of Fishers. She was not hurt.
The boy driving the Dodge Ram submitted to a chemical test as part of standard procedure for a fatal crash investigation. At this time drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor. The drivers of the Dodge Ram, F-150, Ford Edge and the passenger of the Honda are all cooperating with the investigation.
(Photo provided to WISH-TV from IFD)