Accident victims plan suits against IMPD officer

Eric Wells, 30, was killed in the crash last week.

Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The legal issues are growing for IMPD after last Friday's deadly police crash. One of the survivors of the crash on West 56th Street has already put the city on notice.

Eric Wells died from head injures after prosecutors say IMPD Officer David Bisard hit him with his squad car. As his family and friends hold a vigil on Monument Circle Friday night, attorneys for his family are preparing for a legal battle.

Wells, 30, was the one motorcyclist out of three struck who did not survive his injuries. Wells and his friends were stopped for a red light on their motorcycles at Brendon Way Drive and West 56th Street last Friday. That's when prosecutors say Bisard, a K-9 officer, drove drunk and slammed into their bikes.

"We have had [an] accident reconstruction investigate the scene," said Marvin Coan, the Louisville attorney hired by Wells' family.

Prosecutors charged Bisard with seven felonies, including reckless homicide for Wells' death. Court records show his blood alcohol content measured .19 in a blood draw after the accident.

Reportedly, no one at the crash scene, including fellow officers, suspected Bisard could have been intoxicated.

"Something like this should never occur where a public servant like Bisard abuses his trust," Coan said.

Attorneys for motorcycle rider Mary Mills have already filed a tort claim for her injuries. She and biker Kurt Weekly remain hospitalized.

Attorneys for the Wells family, who are shocked about the crash, too, say Metro police can count on legal notices from them, as well.

"I have been a lawyer for 38 years and have never seen anything quite like this," Coan said.

Wells' parents, who live out of state, laid him to rest this week, as local family and friends prepare their own tribute here in Indianapolis.

The vigil for Eric Wells starts at 7 p.m. Friday on Monument Circle. The attorneys for his family expect to work closely with attorneys for the survivors.

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