Firefighter Killed, Band Members Injured In Crash

Investigators Not Sure Why Man Was Speeding Before Wreck

A Franklin Township firefighter was killed Sunday evening in a crash on the city's south side involving another car, a utility pole and a strip club.

Indianapolis fire Capt. Rita Reith said David Joseph Newsom, 34, crashed his pickup truck in the 2700 block of Madison Avenue at about 6:30 p.m.

"Newsom was seen by a state trooper at Madison and Terrace traveling at a high rate of speed," Reith said. "The state trooper clocked him at about 81 mph."

Witnesses told police that Newsom lost control of his truck and collided with a car driven by a woman who had her two children as passengers. They were not injured.

Newsom's truck then hit a utility pole and crashed into Club Zeus, where a band was playing.

Members of the band suffered minor injuries, mostly lacerations, Reith said.

"Newsom was ejected from his vehicle (and) … was transported to Wishard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead," Reith said.

Police are not sure why Newsom was speeding. He was also a logistics manager for Indiana Task Force One and left behind a wife and a 2-month-old child.