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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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12 Comments to “Off-duty cop scheduled in court today, charged in fatal LSD crash”

    bubba said:
    March 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    He is a cop so he will get away with it.We know how they protect there own.

      Big Al said:
      March 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      He's already been arrested and is awaiting the first pretrial hearing. How are the cops going to protect him? Are they going to break him out of jail during his trial??

      Just an asinine, completely uninformed statement by Bubba.

        Victor said:
        March 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Big al he is correct many cops have gotten very light sentences on serious crimes, If it was a regular citizen they would get the maximum penulty,

        Dana said:
        March 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        He'll get free on a bond and he'll probably get a light sentence but he'll never get away without a nasty record under his disgraced name

    Big D said:
    March 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    30 years minimum. Anything less would be unjust.

      Dana said:
      March 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Ideally but kinda wishful thinking in the city of Chicago "fastfood" justice system!

    DD never die said:
    March 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Regardless of him being a cop or not he will get a slap on the wrist while a family mourns the loss just as the drunk who killed my father did. He walks the streets a free man while my father lies in a grave. Drunk driving penalties are a joke in Illinois. My heart breaks for the families involved, unfortunately justice will not be served.

      Dana said:
      March 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Him being a cop is actually an aggravating circumstance to get a heftier penalty. He just showed he is an abusive public servant with total disregard for the taxpayers who fund his paycheck. This case should be an example of public officials getting a tough sentence, considering that the Abbate case was kick on the taxpayers behinds.

    DEBRA said:
    March 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    THE OFF UTY OFFICER SHOULD BE CHARGED JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE WITH NO EXCEPTIONS

      Dana said:
      March 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Ideally but not with the CPD's "code of silence".

        Just sayin said:
        March 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        He isn't a Chicago cop. North Chicago is a suburb near Waukegan.

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