Luisa Montilla Wells is doing everything she can to keep her husband’s memory alive while waiting for justice. Her husband, Eric, was killed while riding his motorcycle after being hit by IMPD officer David Bisard on August 6, 2010.
For the first time, she sat down for an interview to talk about the pain, what really happened, and the new foundation she started in her husband’s name.
She is speaking out now, trying to make a difference in the lives of homeless children in Indianapolis. Just two weeks before he was killed, Eric told Luisa he wanted to host a motorcycle ride to raise money for children in need. Now, Luisa is following through with that dream.
She started the Eric Wells Memorial Foundation and is heading up a benefit ride for Dayspring Center Homeless Shelter on August 11th.
Her goal is to raise enough money to sponsor at least 20 homeless children during their stay at the shelter.
“Eric wanted to do for others what could not do for themselves,” Luisa said.
Luisa also opened up about Officer Bisard, the crash and the mishandled blood evidence that prosecutors say proved he was driving drunk when he crashed into Eric.
"It is one blunder after the other,” Luisa said. “There aren't words…I mean how do you describe it?”
Lusia said the investigation was botched from the beginning. She said it started with the failure to collect evidence at the scene that included a precious item--the cross her husband wore every day around his neck. It was nowhere to be found until Luisa went to the towing company.
"It was mixed in with the garbage and ready to be disposed of. We had to beg them to please search through it,” she said.
Luisa later saw the cross in crime scene photos from the scene. A former police officer herself, she couldn’t understand how important items or evidence could be handed with so little care.
She says it just got worse from there. The first blood sample showed Bisard’s BAC was more than twice the legal limit at .19, but it was not taken by the appropriate person and so it could not be used in court.
Seven months later, the prosecutor and IMPD announced a second vial of blood, which could be tested and eliminate the problems with the first vial, was also mishandled. This time, Luisa discovered police officers mishandled the evidence by leaving it unrefrigerated for months.
“It's a department. A police department,” she said. “It's not like we are working at Walmart and I'm sorry I rang up the wrong item. These are people's lives you are dealing with. The sad thing is it's not only our case that is being affected. It is 200 other cases. [For] a lot of those victims--that is all they have.”
It has been almost two years since the crash. There’s been no trial, no answers as to how something like this could happen. Not even an apology from the Bisard family.
"It's a challenge on a daily basis. It's not easy even going to work. A lot of people don't know
that Bisard's mom actually works in the same building as I do.”
That‘s right--the widow of Eric Wells works in the same building as officer Bisard’s mother. Luisa has seen her since the crash and not heard a single word.
"You as a person knowing who I am just to say I am sorry for what happened. We are not asking for you to admit guilt just to acknowledge that you know you are sorry for what happened,” Luisa explained. “It doesn’t take any effort to walk up and say sorry and walk away that's not admitting guilt that is just being human and having empathy for someone else.”
Officer Bisard's attorney, on several occasions, has expressed his client's ongoing sympathy for each of the families.
Luisa desperately wants to keep Eric’s memory alive and give back to the community she says has opened its arms to her. She would love for hundreds of people to show up for the benefit ride. She says Eric had a heart for children and she wants something good to come out of all the bad.
Click here to find out more about the ride.