Former Elgin resident killed in wrong-way crash
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN & JON SEIDEL Sun-Times Media March 18, 2013 12:26PM
Updated: April 20, 2013 6:16AM
The mother of a former Elgin resident who was one of two men killed Friday in a wrong-way car wreck on North Lake Shore Drive said she’s angry that the man charged with causing the deaths was an off-duty police officer.
“I’m angry ... . There’s no way he can get away with this,” Cecilia Garcia said of the North Chicago cop who police say was driving drunk and going at least 60 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone, heading north in the southbound lanes, when his Chevrolet Trailblazer crashed into a Jeep, killing Garcia’s son, Joaquin Garcia, 25, and his friend Fabian Torres, 27. “Justice has to be served.”
Terrell Garrett, 35, was charged Saturday with two counts each of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI. Bail was set at $500,000.
His SUV also hit a car, but the 50-year-old woman driving that car survived, authorities said.
Garcia said the news that authorities blame a police officer for the deadly collision makes things “10 times” worse for her. “He’s supposed to be protecting us,” she said. “My son did not deserve to die this way.”
“He’s supposed to be protecting us,” she said. “My son did not deserve to die this way.”
“We were supposed to be going to my brother’s graduation in a month,” said Joaquin Garcia’s sister, also named Cecilia. “Now, we’re planning his funeral.” “He had a plan in life,” the young man’s mother said.
“He had a plan in life,” the young man’s mother said.
Torres was a freshman at DePaul University, a DePaul spokeswoman said. His family could not be reached for comment.