INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - At least one person is dead following a serious accidentinvolving an Indianapolis police officer on 56th Street nearBrendon Way; it's the second crash involving an IMPD K-9 officertoday.
Police tell 24-hour News 8 that the officer had his lights andsiren on while he was responding a call to help officers serve awarrant.
Witnesses say the officer came upon the motorcyclist at theintersection of 56th Street and Brendon Way. Police say the officertried to swerve around the motorcycles when he struck them.
Police say Eric Wells, 30, died in the accident; Kurt Weekly,44, is described as being in critical but stable condition. MaryMills, 47, is in serious condition but is alert and conscious.
The group worked together, they were out for lunch with a fourthco-worker.
George Burts was also riding his motorcycle, and witnessed thewhole thing.
"We did everything we were supposed to do, stop stay in placeand let the officer do what he's supposed to do." Burts said.
George says they came to a red light at 56th and Brendonway,that' when George says he heard the sirens.
"And I'm looking to the right and I can't go nowhere, wecouldn't go forward because there was a car in front of us. Ifroze, that's what I've been taught, or maybe even a cars beentaught it, if you can't move, stay put they'll find it."
But for whatever reason, Officer David Bisard couldn’tfind an open lane.
Burts says, the officer was shaken and that there were "Bodies,bikes, were going everywhere."
"He says did yall hear my sirens, and I said I heard them butthere was nothing we could do.
God, that fast coming through an intersection...I don't knowya know?"
We did some checking and got IMPD's Vehicle Operations policy.They have a long list of guidelines. They basically spell out thatofficers must be licensed, wear seatbelts while driving and musthave their lights and sirens on during pursuits or responding tocalls.
State law says, when a emergency vehicle is driving with it'ssirens on, you should pull over preferably into the right lane, butif you can't do that, stop, don't move or second guess the officerjust let the officer move safely around you.
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