Vigil held for biker killed in IMPD crash

Eric Wells

David MacAnally/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A vigil was held Friday night on Monument Circle, one week after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash with an IMPD officer.

Hundreds of cyclists gathered on the Circle to send a message to remind investigators of what happened. They say they're holding the city accountable for a complete investigation into the death of 30-year-old Eric Wells.

"It's good to see this turnout tonight. Fantastic, fantastic," said Mike Paneda, a cousin of Wells. "We appreciate everybody coming."

Officer David Bisard, a nine-year IMPD veteran, faces seven felony counts, including DUI resulting in death, for striking Wells and two other bikers. The officer's blood alcohol level allegedly tested at twice the legal limit.

"I didn't know Eric. This could have been any of us on our bike. We feel helpless and we need to do something," a woman at the rally said.

The group held a moment of silence for Wells and also remembered the two other riders still in the hospital - Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly.

"She's very broken and in a lot of pain, but we're hoping she's going to get better," said Mills' daughter, Asia.

Mills' family notified the city they plan to sue, filing a tort claim Thursday.

"She's angry," her daughter said. "She wants to see justice. Eric was an extremely good friend of hers and it breaks her heart to know he and his family are going through this."

Hundreds of people signed petitions at the vigil. They say they're worried police won't thoroughly investigate one of their own.

"Our concern is, justice won't be served," said one man.

George Burt was riding with the group when the accident happened, but was not physically hurt.

"Eric and I met the first time Friday. Mary convinced me, 'Beautiful day out, let's go eat'," Burt said.

A week later, he didn't want to talk about the details of the accident.

"Just trying to turn things off. Haven't had time to get away from it," he said.

Also Friday evening, Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski released a statement, reassuring citizens about the investigation.

"I have complete confidence that the crash investigation was done thoroughly and properly by IMPD investigators. I also have complete confidence that the internal investigation currently underway will be done in the same professional manner."

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