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

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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12 Comments to “Bond set of off duty officer charged in fatal Lake Shore Drive crash”

    For the victims said:
    March 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Bond should have been denied – PERIOD! Remember the name of the judge next time elections come around.

      Urstupid said:
      March 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      You're a douchebag. But u think its ok to give bond to gangbangers and robbers and guys who do shootings. Ur an idiot

        For the victims said:
        March 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        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!

    Nick said:
    March 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Off "Duty" not off "Cuty" in the title of this piece. Check your grammar WGN, your a professional news organization.

      For the victims said:
      March 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      @ 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 said:
    March 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

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

    Fed up said:
    March 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    You talk like a child

    Penny said:
    March 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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

    Joaquin Duran said:
    March 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    That’s it??? Pedophiles been released for more than that!!!

    jimno said:
    March 17, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Good job po, killing two illegal voters for the nigg er.

    Tired of the Morons said:
    March 18, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    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.

    Peony said:
    March 18, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    He was not a Chicago Police Officer. He worked for the North Chicago Police Department.

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