For Reasons Unknown

Dana Wells' family and friends believe his death was no accident. The truth might have died with him.

"Dana would just blast the music in the car. I mean, he would pull up to your house and rattle the windows. But he drove like a Sun City grandma," says Corona.

Wells didn't even get his driver's license until he was 19.
"That's the irony here," says Corona. "He was scared to drive, mainly. Guns, too. We'd go camping and he'd be scared to shoot."

Wells had piercings on his face and wore his long hair in dreadlocks, but at 5-foot-8, 120 pounds, he was hardly a menacing presence. From birth, Wells suffered from sciliac disease, which means, among other things, he couldn't drink beer.

After high school--he came a credit shy of graduating--Wells moved to Venice Beach, California, where he started his own street-wear clothing company and worked as a band publicist. He had a great ear for up-and-coming bands, and hoped to break into the music business as a talent scout.

Wells was visiting Phoenix when he got killed, handling business for his mother's entertainment management firm while she and Cristina were on tour with Sepultura.

He didn't own a car. The green Hyundai belonged to his girlfriend of eight months, Kristin Carneal, who still lived in Phoenix.

A recent weekday afternoon found Carneal baby-sitting for Gloria Cavalera in the north Phoenix home where Dana grew up, two minutes by car from where he died.

Carneal was spending the night at the Cavalera home on the night of the wreck. She remembers Shawn Thomas and Miles Graci coming to pick up Dana. She doesn't remember her boyfriend hanging out with them before. She remembers Graci's car wouldn't start, and Dana borrowing hers. Then she remembers Dana coming home sometime after 1 a.m. on August 16. She says he stayed for 10 or 15 minutes, playing a video game with his little brother Richie. She remembers Shawn Thomas in the house. Richie, now 13, remembers going to the bathroom and tripping over a phone cord. He says Thomas was on the phone, holding a scrap of paper.

Carneal recalls: "Dana came into the bedroom and told me, 'I've got to help these guys get home.' I went to sleep, and then the cops were knocking on the door, and that was it--it was over."

The first police officers on the scene were patrolmen Paul Salefsky and James Neverman, who responded separately and arrived within three minutes of the crash.

Three Phoenix Fire Department units were already there. A crowd of about 20 watched as the firemen worked to extricate the two survivors. One of the firemen told Neverman the driver was dead. Neverman moved the crowd back and strung police tape. Then he looked inside the car and observed:

"The driver hanging/laying upside down in the car. His torso was on the passenger side of the car and his legs were still pinned to the driver's side floorboard. Both front air bags were deployed. I also noticed a 12-pack of Coors beer in the rear passenger area of the car."

The firemen pulled Miles Graci from the car first. Salefsky interviewed him before he was rolled into an ambulance.

"As I spoke with Graci, he seemed coherent and answered my questions about himself," Salefsky wrote. "I did smell a faint odor of alcohol on his breath. An unidentified fireman asked him, 'How much have you had to drink?' Graci replied, 'I don't know.' I then asked him where he was sitting and he told me he was sitting in the front passenger seat. Graci said he had his seat belt on. Graci told me he did not know who was driving."

Both of Graci's legs were broken. He was transported to John C. Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The firefighters used the "jaws of life" to pry Shawn Thomas from the wrecked Hyundai. It took several minutes, which Thomas spent with Dana Wells' body splayed over him. Witnesses heard Thomas screaming, "Get me out of here." And, "Oh my God, Dana's dead! Dana's dead!"

Thomas was transported to Lincoln Hospital with a broken jaw and facial abrasions.

Dana Wells was pronounced dead at 2:07 a.m.
Twenty minutes later, detective Don Ripley's home phone rang. He was instructed to go to 2300 East Cactus to investigate a traffic fatality.

Ripley got to the scene about 3:10 and documented the damage to the Hyundai. Blood still trickled from Wells' ears. Ripley searched the body, and found a full bottle of beer in a pocket, along with a passport. The photo matched the cut-up face in front of him. Ripley dispatched an officer to the address on the passport, then drove to John C. Lincoln Hospital. Shawn Thomas had already been treated for his injuries.

"I contacted Shawn in the intensive care unit, and he related the following: Shawn was with Dana Wells and Miles Graci at Liguori's bar located on East Indian School Road. Shawn stated they arrived at approximately 11:45 p.m. and stayed there for approximately one hour. Shawn stated they were headed home. However, he does not remember anything after leaving the parking lot of the bar. End of interview."

Miles Graci was in surgery. Ripley did not question him until the next day. By then, Shawn had already spoken with Miles, and their stories matched. Perfectly. Miles told Ripley he also could remember nothing, starting from the time he got into the car outside Liguori's.

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A friend forwarded me this.... Gloria Cavalera

November 29, 2014 at 11:22am · Edited ·

18 years ago, I had a loving son who was chased like a dog and run off the road by gang members and high school wanna-be's hoodies who had never met him. He was killed. The detective on the scene changed the police report and 5 DA's since then have concealed his death. They chose to let the gang STILL walk the streets in our neighborhood. They allowed them to become cartel...to sell drugs here, to murder and get away with it. 18 years later, these people are now heroin dealers. Do you know how many kids got popped for a joint in that time, in those 18 long years? Are the cartel paying off the cops? Do you think the police don't know they are here, right under our noses? Is this right? I solved the case with one other young woman. I wore a Halloween Cleopatra wig to cover my green hair, and went in the gang areas. I stood next to them as they fired their guns in the air. I did not call for protests. I did not call for marches that would definitely cause looting and violence. I did not encourage violence to cure violence. I asked for help from every law enforcement agency there was. I was turned away by all....to save the detective's reputation. I am fighting still to this day to inform people. It is wrong that in Ferguson people use Michael Brown's death to act like criminals who should be in jail. There is a right way and wrong way. I am sorry to say. Gloria Cavalera is nothing but a storyteller and a psycho - pathological liar. Enough is enough. I am not going to be silent any longer. Unfortunately, Dana Wells was the one who pulled a gun on me and my passenger Elijah Miller. Dana Wells was the aggressor. Dana Wells gave chase and chased my passenger Elijah Miller. He will vouch to what happened on August 16th, 1996.. Dana Wells caught up to us and threw an object. Not sure what the object was, but it was loud. Moments after Dana Wells tossing the object. He started fishtailing and eventually lost control causing his death. Elijah Miller and I escaped with our lives. It is unfortunate that Dana Wells was killed. I or Elijah Miller have never been members or actively involved in gangs!. Elijah and I have never sold drugs. Contrary to whatever New Times says. I was never asked by David Holthouse for an interview. Elijah Miller at the time of this article was under age. Not even 18 yet..Gloria Cavalera sued Liberty Mutual which was my auto insurance company.. They offered her 100 thousand dollars. It was pure business on their part because it was cheaper to make all this go away rather than going to trial AND Gloria Cavalera signed off that I had no responsibilities towards her son's death. I have the documents stating the amount and the agreement in which Gloria Cavalera signed. Gloria Cavalera is nothing short of a liar and a story teller, and likes to put a major spin in the media. I strongly believe She concocted the story about gang bangers and murder so people actually feel bad for her and rather to face the shitstorm coming because she disbanded Sepultura. I'm still wondering why Iggor Cavalera did not speak to Max for 10 years and yet Iggor ramianed with Sepultura during that time. Also Dana Wells was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Don't believe it. Readers can find out from the Maricopa County's Coroner Office or documents from myself personally. Under Arizona law. That's considered driving under the influence. No matter how you slice and dice it. Its driving under the influence and no matter how you slice and dice it. The accident was purely 100% Dana Wells fault. Thank God the Phoenix Police and Detective Donald Ripley did their jobs and determined Dana Wells was at fault. The Phoenix Police department is not corrupt as Gloria Cavalera claims. Dana Wells was NOT murdered, was NOT chased, And definitely NOT ran off the road. He was the AGRESSOR, the one who pulled a gun on myself and Elijah Miller.. End of story. I have no problems providing proof. No problems providing my witness Elijah Miller. Who can vouch for himself in his own words. And We both never have been part of a gang or members of a street gang!

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"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Auntie Mame.  - Ego is not your friend. I have been taught to be grateful, not proud. How do we shift from 'sacred city' to lavish abundance. Go beyond thoughts of scarcity to know prosperity. Basis universal laws of being. Open your eyes, attract ideas of well being and fruit filled opportunities. Clean the filter through which you see. Clean just a little spot and see what happens. Come to the fountain of abundance driving a double semi truck, not with a teaspoon.  http://get.wirecovery.com/2010/10/forgivness-is-all-ways-answer.html

 
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