Attorney: Bisard says deadly crash was a "terrible accident"
INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly one year ago, a deadly crash involving an Indianapolis Metro Police officer changed the lives of several families.
Mary Wells' 30-year-old son was killed.
"There are times when I'll wake up and cry Eric's name and of course, he's not there," Wells said during an exclusive interview on Eyewitness News at Noon. "I was told it gets easier over time. But unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be easier. And that's probably because of the case. We haven't had time to properly grieve for Eric."
For the first time, we are getting rare insight into how the crash has impacted officer David Bisard. Defense attorney John Kautzman gave Eyewitness News an idea of how his client is doing one year later.
"He's not the same person and never will be. He has gone through emotional and physical health trauma as a result of this and it's really changed his life in many significant ways," said Kautzman.
Bisard's blood-alcohol content tested .19 after the crash. That is more than twice the legal limit. But the results were thrown out because the blood draw wasn't collected at certified facility.
Wells, who wears a heart locket with pictures of her son, still believes there was a police cover-up.
"They protected this police officer because of the blue code. It doesn't make it any easier," said Wells.
"[Bisard] wants people to understand he was not drunk that day. He doesn't feel like he committed a crime. He feels like it was a terrible accident," said Kautzman.
Bisard was suspended by IMPD and has undergone counseling.
"David's heart and his family's heart goes out to all of the victims of this terrible tragedy. He prays for them every day," said Kautzman. "He feels horrible. He wishes at the snap of a finger wishes he could take this all back."
The Bisard case is still winding its way through the courts. A trial could happen in 2012.