Crash victims testify in David Bisard trial
The trial of Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard heated up Thursday as the people who survived the crash took the stand. They're making it very clear what they would consider justice.
The day began with evidence being shown to jurors who saw pictures of the crash scene, maps of the area and heard 911 calls made just after the August 2010 crash that killed motorcyclist Eric Wells and critically injured Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly.
Both Mills and Weekly testified Thursday. Weekly suffered serious brain injuries, fractures in his skull and numerous broken bones.
Mills' body was shattered from head to toe. She had broken toes, a shattered pelvis, numerous lacerations and remains in constant pain and walks with a limp.
Mills and Weekly married about a year after nearly dying in the crash. Getting their day in court, they said, was scary but rewarding.
"There is a possibility that he will not feel any repercussions to what he has done to all of us," said Mills.
Weekly told jurors in a slow, deliberate voice, "I heard I was asleep for three months. The doctor was surprised I came back alive again."
"My brain does not work as well as it used to. I don't remember as well as I should. Maybe someday I will get better," he said.
Mills told jurors of her constant pain, persistent limp and anger.
"I believe the jury is going to see that this is more than just a tragic accident," said Mills.
Bisard is accused of driving drunk, speeding into stopped traffic, killing Eric Wells and seriously injuring his two friends. Lab tests revealed a BAC of .19.
Paramedics April Sohn and Barbara Miller treated Bisard at the scene. They testified the officer didn't want help, refused to go to the hospital but appeared alert and orientated. They didn't smell or see a single sign of alcohol or impairment.
George Burt was the only cyclist to escape unscathed. Moments after the wreck he testified that Bisard asked, "Didn't I hear the sirens? I said yes, but what could I do?"
Bisard's car missed George Burt by inches.
"I hear a bang. Just explosions and dust. Like a tornado," he said.
Burt went on testifying that he forcibly asked Bisard to pull a wrecked motorcycle off his badly injured buddy Kurt Weekly.
"Sometimes I feel like we are not going to see justice. Then there are other times I know in my heart it's going to happen," said Mills.
One juror was dismissed before opening arguments began Wednesday after an acquaintance told him about Bisard's April arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Prosecutors will argue that Bisard was driving his squad car at twice the legal limit for alcohol when he struck the three motorcyclists, who were stopped at a red light. Records show Bisard was going around 76 mph before applying the brakes.
The defense will try to show that while it was a tragic accident, there were problems with the brakes on Bisard's vehicle, and that the blood evidence was flawed.
Follow Rich Van Wyk for updates from the trial.