David R. Short II was remembered as having a larger-than-life personality. According to friends, he was easy to talk to and well-liked in his community.
The 26-year-old Indianapolis Fire Department recruit firefighter was killed Friday evening in a four-vehicle crash near the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Hancock County.
Around 6:30 p.m., Short and his girlfriend were traveling northbound on Mt. Comfort Road near Airport Boulevard when two trucks collided in front of them. One of the trucks in that crash then entered Short's path, and their vehicles collided head-on, according to IFD.
That crash sent both vehicles off the road and caused Short's vehicle to roll over. Short was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he died. His girlfriend suffered minor injuries.
Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the initial crash.
Short is survived by his parents, sister, brother and two half-siblings.