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Monday, March 18, 2013

NEWS: North Chicago officer charged Lake Shore Drive crash that killed 2


--A tragedy no matter how you look at it.
The fact Terrell Garrett is a police officer adds to it but he is still a citizen and entitled to the same rights as others, like bond.
If this would have occurred while he was working my outlook would be much different.
Horrible for all involved, especially the victims and their families.--
Duke

Story at Chicago Tribune

Family mourns death of son, friend, both college students
By Dawn Rhodes and Carlos Sadovi
Chicago Tribune reporters
March 17, 2013

A North Chicago police officer was charged Saturday with felony drunken driving and reckless homicide a day after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive and collided with a vehicle in a crash that left two college students dead.

Terrell Garrett faces two counts each of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide after his SUV smashed into a Jeep carrying Joaquin Garcia, 25, and Fabian Torres, 27, early Friday according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Garrett, who turned 35 on the morning of the accident, was put on administrative leave, according to a release from the North Chicago Police Department.

On Saturday, Garcia's mother and siblings said the accident has left them reeling.

Cecilia Garcia stood in the cold with her other three children outside the North Lawndale neighborhood home of Torres' family, whom they sought to offer condolences.

The Torres family wasn't home and couldn't be reached for comment.

"He is supposed to be protecting us," Cecilia Garcia said of Garrett. "My son did not deserve to die like this."

Joaquin Garcia and his three siblings grew up in northwest suburban Elgin, his family said. Joaquin was preparing to graduate in the spring from Malcolm X College on the city's West Side, with hopes of becoming a surgical technician, according to his sister, also named Cecilia.

Fabian Torres attended DePaul University, according to his and Garcia's friends.

So proud was Cecilia Garcia of her son's achievements that on Saturday she carried the Malcolm X College certificate that commemorates Joaquin making the honor roll during the fall term.

"I wanted them to have accomplishments and be successful and have a better life," his mother said. "Then this man took everything from him."

Authorities on Saturday did not have information about Garrett's blood-alcohol content. He was traveling north at more than 60 mph in the southbound lanes near Belmont Avenue when the crash occurred, police said. Garrett remained hospitalized Saturday with a fractured hip, authorities said.

"It's very frustrating," Garcia's sister said. "We were supposed to go to his graduation in a couple of months. Instead we're planning for his funeral."

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