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.