Bond set of off duty officer charged in fatal Lake Shore Drive crash

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Bond was set at $500,000 for a off duty officer who was charged in Friday’s fatal crash on Lake Shore Drive .

The families of Joaquin Garcia and Fabian Torres were united in presence, pain, and displeasure at a bond hearing today for 35-year-old Tarrell Garrett, a North Chicago police officer charged with driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive and causing the deaths of both young men.

Garrett has been charged with two counts each of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.  His blood alcohol content was measured at .186. He lives in Zion and is the father of a two year old girl.

Garrett is still hospitalized with a broken hip. His attorney didn’t want to talk to the media, but prosecutors say Garrett explained to emergency crews at the crash that he had been out celebrating his birthday.

25-year-old Joaquin was scheduled to finish his training to be a surgical technician in May.

27-year-old Fabian was studying at DePaul University and struck up a friendship with Joaquin through a mutual acquaintance.

Their mothers had not met before today but their strength and quest for justice they say will bind them forever.  That quest started outside of court where supporters of the young men put up signs in protest.

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      • For the victims

        Urstupid – You are stupid!!!! the article in question was about the cop driving drunk, killing two people. And where did I say it was ok to give bond to gangbangers etc?? Shut your damn pie hole – you are the idiot!

    • For the victims

      @ Nick – Ha – love it; "check your grammar WGN, YOUR a professional news organization". The correct grammar is you're a professional news organization.

  • For the victims

    Doesn't matter what color he was, he is responsible for the death of 2 human beings. Bond should have been denied!

  • Penny

    This Officer should be treated like any other citizen! There were 2 Fatalities! AND His Blood Alcohol level was way over the legal limit!

  • Tired of the Morons

    And yet they keep raising cigarette taxes to protect us from us. People smoking cigarettes don't drive the wrong way at 60 mph and kill people. Drunk idiots do. Put a $1 a can/bottle tax on alcohol.