Family aids motorcycle crash victim's recovery
Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - It's still a long road to recovery for the survivors of a crash two months ago involving IMPD Officer David Bisard. The parents of Kurt Weekly, who was critically injured in that crash, spoke to Eyewitness News about their son's healing and how they're moving forward.
"He knows that he was in a motorcycle accident, but he doesn't know all the details," said Weekly's father, Gary.
And Gary and Karen Weekly are in no hurry to share those details.
"We don't know what he's going to remember, so we're trying not to tell him the details of what he doesn't need to know," Gary Weekly said.
In fact, the Weeklys try not to focus on what put their son in the hospital.
"We don't have any anger," Gary Weekly said.
They say they not only forgive the man behind the wheel of the police cruiser that day, they pray for him.
"That doesn't mean there aren't nights that I don't cry myself to sleep, 'cause I've watched Kurt struggle all day, because I do that," Karen Weekly said.
And the struggles, including simply walking and talking, are a daily occurrence.
"He's got a steel rod in his leg that's got screws in it," Gary Weekly said. "If he has to think about [talking], that's when it's hard for him."
"It will be a year or two before we know what the final result's going to be. That's a long time," Karen Weekly added.
But for now, it's the little victories that count.
"We're just taking it one day at a time and it has been up and down," Gary Weekly said.
Much of it is documented by the Weeklys on a Caring Bridge website (Note - log-in required). Events like Kurt's visit with his girlfriend, Mary Mills, who was also critically injured in the crash.
"They really love each other. They're looking forward to getting their lives back together," Karen Weekly said.
While the Weeklys say nothing is certain, their hope is that Kurt can leave this place sometime next month and get home.
"He asks us at least three times a week if we'll take him home," Karen Weekly said.
For now, the answer is always no.
"We just keep telling him he has to work hard," his mother explained.
The Weekly's tell their son they'll be right there along side him, until the work is done.
While the family continues to work on Kurt's recovery, their attorney is handling legal matters. Attorney Bruce Kehoe sent a notice to the city Friday, alerting them the Weeklys will seek damages for anguish and emotional distress caused, Kehoe says, by how IMPD has handled the Bisard investigation.
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