Wells family files suit against city

Eric Wells

Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash with a Metro Police officer has filed suit against the City of Indianapolis.

Eric Wells, 30, died Aug. 6th when Officer David Bisard crashed his cruiser into three motorcyclists who were stopped at a red light. The lawsuit will see dozens of people subpoenaed for their testimony about what happened the day of the deadly crash up to and possibly including Officer Bisard himself.

"This suit is never going to make you feel better or feel good, regardless of what the future brings," said Wells' father, Aaron.

The suit filed in Marion County Superior court is seeking $700,000 in damages, the most that can be asked for by state law. It asserts there was gross negligence and extreme indifference to human life by Officer Bisard.

"The dollar amount is woefully inadequate," said the family's attorney, Linda Pence.

"This gives us an opportunity to get into it a lot deeper and hopefully bring some truth that will lead to justice and that is what we hope for and pray for everyday," Aaron Wells said.

The suit claims Wells' wife, Luisa, and the rest of his friends and family are subject to a lifetime of permanent grief because of this accident.

"It has destroyed our lives. We're not the same people we were before August the 6th," said Wells' mother, Mary.

The suit names the city and IMPD as co-defendants.

"It's not just one. It's all of them. I believe it's all of them. I believe the system has failed," Mary Wells said in an earlier interview with Eyewitness News.

Pence says she will subpoena all those that were at the crash scene that day, including Officer Bisard.

"The family doesn't have to any longer, just take what the city officials told us happened," she said.

Even though Aaron Wells realizes no matter what is discovered, nothing can bring his son back.

"You really don't have any good days. You just have some days that are a little better than others," he said.

With Christmas just around the corner Wells says his family is taking it one day - and sometimes one hour - at a time.

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