NHL crew member killed

Posted by Iannucci | 5/05/2008 | 12 comments »
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This is unbelievably tragic.

Thoughts and prayers go out this morning to the crew and family members of Newman Haas Lanigan Racing, following the loss of long time mechanic Davey Evans. Evans who worked on Graham Rahal's Hole in the Wall crew, was killed Saturday night following a violent altercation while out with fellow crewmen in Indianapolis.

Although details are still being sorted out, it appears that members of the team went out for a social evening to a local watering hole, and were confronted by a group of young men known for starting trouble for the "fun" of it. It is being reported that Evans succumbed to massive head injuries suffered during the unprovoked attack. According to sources, all three instigators are in custody, and the incident is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy is reportedly being performed today to determine the exact cause of death.

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UPDATE: From WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

The Chief Mechanic for the Newman-Haas racing team died early Sunday morning after a bar fight.

Police were called out to the Kazablanca bar on the west side at around 1 a.m. on Sunday. When they arrived they found 63-year-old David Arthur Evans unresponsive. He was taken to Wishard Hospital and later died.

An autopsy revealed Evans died from a stroke induced by the stress of a fight and has ruled the death a homicide. An investigation is underway.


  1. chrisestrada // May 05, 2008 1:10 PM  

    Simply awful and disgusting. How can people act like this?

    My condolences to Davey's family, friends and teammates.

  2. Anonymous // May 05, 2008 1:38 PM  

    I hope those "kids" are all charged with murder and thrown in prison.

  3. Brian // May 05, 2008 1:50 PM  

    If this happened Saturday night in Indy, why hasn't the Indy Star reported anything about it?

    Seriously, the only thing Google News turns up about this is an Indy Racing Revolution post that links here, and the link in this post is the only thing I can find about this anywhere.

    It's certainly a tragedy if it's true, but I want to see some more definite proof.

  4. meeshbeer // May 05, 2008 2:24 PM  

    As the author of the article posted and linked to, I can assure you that this is absolutely true. (I would never print anything this tragic without triple checking my sources)

    I too am absolutely gobsmacked that this is being kept so suspiciously quiet in the press.

    One would hope that the powers that be aren't trying to cover this up in some vile attempt not to sully the upcoming race.

  5. Jeff Iannucci // May 05, 2008 3:21 PM  

    Just a guess, but I would presume the story didn't get out for 24 hours so that family members could be notified in private.

  6. Anonymous // May 05, 2008 3:52 PM  

    Very upset at hearing this. I new Dave years ago and this is a terrible thing to have happen to him. Condolences to family, friends and team.

  7. Bash // May 05, 2008 5:15 PM  

    jeff's presumption about notifying family sounds right. What a terrible shame. Just unfathomable.

  8. erika // May 05, 2008 5:23 PM  

    Absolutely unbelievable. My condolences to his loved ones and everyone at NHL.

  9. faniqeric // May 05, 2008 6:00 PM  

    Awful. Condolences to the family and to NHL.

  10. Grizzlor // May 05, 2008 6:50 PM  

    Completely ridiculous and tragic thing to happen.

  11. Anonymous // May 05, 2008 11:32 PM  

    I still have a ahrad time believing the National Hockey League has an IndyCar Series team.

  12. Anonymous // May 09, 2008 10:53 PM  

    Yo dummy. NHL stands for Newman Haas Lannigan