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Governor addresses fatal crash

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- Gov. Mitch Daniels told reporters Wednesday he has corresponded with the family of a man who was recently killed in a vehicle crash involving an Indianapolis police officer.

Daniels said the family of Eric Wells had asked him to get involved in the case, something he says he cannot do.

"They want the state to intervene," Daniels said, adding the case is a city matter.

In August, Wells was hit by Indianapolis K-9 Officer David Bisard. It was reported later Bisard was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Wells' family has said they had written Daniels asking him to get involved. Daniels, in turn, said he had never received a letter from the family.

"They hadn't written me at the time," he said.

However, Daniels said he has since written the family, giving his position in the matter.

"As soon as they wrote me, I wrote them right back," he said.

He added he has written the widow of Wells, expressing his condolences.

"I can't imagine what they've been through," he said.

Wells was killed Aug. 6, in Indianapolis, when Bisard, who was responding to a call, hit two motorcycles, one of which Wells was on.

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Wow responding to a call when intoxicated.

-- Posted by kd323 on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 7:39 AM

Yeah its pretty crazy up here right now with all this going on. The parents of Wells wrote Mitch a really really nasty letter. It was an Indy Metro officer that hit him. Now if it was an Indiana State officer I'm sure he'd be all over it but like he said he basically has no jurisdiction over a Indy Metro matter. Daniels himself is a known Harley rider so its not like he isn't on the side of the biker. Some pretty shady stuff went down and I'm sure a "cleaning of house" is coming in just a matter of time.

-- Posted by Indymove on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 8:19 AM

Isn't that nice that after the SECOND letter and dissing Daniels for not responding to the first letter, oh yeah and NOT offering help in any way, that NOW Daniels is going to write a letter back.... WOW, that is going to help this family. Daniels has been a joke in every form of the word since he has been in office. Kudos to those who re-elected him. What is being done in this investigation and to these families is horrible. I am embarrassed that probably people every where has read about this and probably thinks of Indiana as a frauduelant state that I am sorry to be a part of. Everyone associated with this case should hang their head in shame for what is being done or should I say NOT DONE!

-- Posted by Innocent on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 8:24 AM

I am quite sure if a regular citizen had done this and had the test taken at the wrong place they would STILL get charged. I just don't understand why he cannot be charged just because his blood test was not taken at the proper place - it was still a legally operating clinic or whatever. Sure sounds fishy to me.

-- Posted by indianamama on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 10:53 AM

Hey Innocent ~ I hear Illinois is looking for a few good residents! Oh wait, you may not qualify! Go to Arizona...I'm sure Sheriff Joe would love to see you! Of course you sound like a real expert on the ways of the state and who can and can't do what so maybe your expertise would be welcomed somewhere else....cause it isn't working here! Go to a place where you can hold your head high and be PROUD of the state YOU live it and leave the rest of us alone. I am also convinced that you are extremely well educated and I am wondering why you aren't the Governor. Hum! Just sayin'.......oh yea, Thanks!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 11:12 AM

Again...re-read my post. It has nothing to do with state government. It is city/mayor's job when something involving metro police happens. It's really not a job the governor or any of his staff can do anything about. Its called checks and balances....look it up its seriously not a hard concept.

-- Posted by Indymove on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 9:01 AM

Ah yes .. once again a horrible tragedy is used as a campaign to bash Daniels. C'mon people! The matter at hand is that the officer on duty was reportedly intoxicated when responding to a call; which resulted in negligence and death. Should he face criminal charges? I don't believe anyone disputes that - no one is above the law.

As stated by INDYMOVE, Daniels couldn't get involved if he wanted to .. it isn't his place.

And speaking of "knowing your place": I agree with PROUD .. if you're SO ashamed to live in Indiana .. let me be the 2nd person to encourage you to move.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 11:39 AM

My condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim. Was the dog hurt? I really don't care if Officer Bisard was injured. He should never have been behind the wheel. If this officer has an alcohol addiction he needs to seek help!

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 8:43 PM

I hope the family has considered filing a civil suit for wrongful death. They definitely have a case against Officer Bisard, any judge that would'nt find in there favor does'nt need to hold that seat. I think what the Indianapolis Police department did to this family is an outrage. It is a scary thought that this is the police department that protects Indianapolis. I am praying for the family and hope that they can find some comfort and peace in all that they are going through...

-- Posted by some1ispraying on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 10:05 PM

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