The mother of a man killed when his motorcycle was struck by Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard said she's thankful for a settlement in the civil case but won't be satisfied until Bisard is behind bars.
The law firm representing the estate of Eric Wells reached a $1.55 million settlement
in its suit against Bisard, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the city.
Wells was killed and Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills were seriously injured in the August 2010 crash in which Bisard struck a group of motorcyclists at a stop light.
A blood-alcohol test in the aftermath of the crash showed that Bisard was intoxicated, prosecutors said.
In their lawsuit, the estate said the city and IMPD "were liable because Officer Bisard was grossly negligent in causing Eric's death."
While city attorneys said the settlement is not an admission of guilt, Wells' mother, Mary Wells, said she believes Bisard and the city are being held accountable for their actions.
"To us, it does give us a feeling of a little bit of justice," she told RTV6's Tanya Spencer. "Whether the city will admit it or not, it does show they are taking some kind of responsibility or they would not have settled."
Still, Mary Wells said she won't be satisfied until Bisard is found guilty.
"As far as justice, when Bisard is behind bars, that will be a justice," she said. "It still doesn't bring our son back. Nothing will ever relieve the hurt and the loss that we still feel to this day."
The family said some of the money from the settlement will go toward the Eric Wells Memorial Foundation to help underprivileged children.
The Eric Wells Memorial Ride to benefit homeless shelters will take place Aug. 11 in Indianapolis.
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