Off-duty cop scheduled in court today, charged in fatal LSD crash

A North Chicago police officer is scheduled to appear in bond court today, in connection with a crash that killed two college students on Lake Shore Drive.

25-year-old Joaquin Garcia and 27-year-old Fabian Torres were killed in the crash.

Garcia was a student at Malcom X College, and was planning to graduate in May. Torres was a student at Depaul University.

Cecilia Garcia, Joaquin’s mother, briefly spoke to a reporter. “I’m devastated,” Mrs. Garcia said. “Justice has to be served. (The officer) is supposed to be protecting us. My son did not deserve to die like this.”

35-year-old Terrell Garrett was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence and two counts of reckless homicide, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Police said Garrett, who was off duty at the time, was going northbound in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive about 4 a.m Friday, when he slammed into two vehicles between Belmont and Diversey parkway.

The men killed were in a Jeep that flipped.

It’s uncertain whether Garrett will appear in court because he remains hospitalized with a fractured hip.

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