IMPD crash victim files tort claim against city


Indianapolis - One of the bikers injured in a fatal crash involving an IMPD officer last week has filed a tort claim against the city.

Attorneys who represent Mary Mills of Indianapolis sent a letter to city officials Thursday. Mills was a passenger on a motorcycle operated by Kurt Weekly when they were stopped at an intersection with co-workers Eric Wells and George Burt, who were also on motorcycles.

Officer David Bisard was on an emergency run when he approached the intersection and struck two of the motorcycles. A blood draw indicated that Bisard's blood alcohol content was .19.

Eric Wells died from his injuries. Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly had critical injuries. Mills has since been upgraded to fair condition at last check, although she and Weekly are "no information" patients, so no updates on their conditions are currently available.

The letter describes Mills' injuries, which include fractures to her left shoulder, right collarbone, multiple ribcage fractures, multiple pelvis fractures, a vertebral fracture at C3 in her spine, a fracture in her left leg and right ankle, as well as severe road rash, infection, skin loss and breakdown.

The letter alleges that Mills' injuries were caused by the "carelessness and negligence of Officer David Bisard."

A tort claim is essentially a notification that someone intends to sue for damages. Mills' attorneys say they don't yet know the full extent of her injuries, but once they do, they will make a claim for damages.