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$500K bond for off-duty cop charged in LSD crash, families outraged

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Inside an Elgin home, 25 year old Joaquin Garcia's family members gathered and also created a Facebook page in memory of their loved one.

After attending Sunday morning's bond hearing for North Chicago Police Officer Terrell Garrett, who struck the car carrying Garcia and friend Fabian Torres who also died, Cecilia Garcia says her anger has turned to outrage.

"I was outraged that a person that driving drunk, double of the alcohol limit got such a, to me it's low, it's a low bond. No bond, he took away two lives," said Garcia.

Both families held posters in protest outside court Sunday morning after Garrett's bond was set at a half a million dollars.

Though Garrett remains hospitalized with a fractured left hip, if he's able to post 10% of the bond he'll be released from custody with an electronic monitoring device.

"It's just outraged me that a police officer that took an oath to protect did not protect my son. He killed him, he killed him," said Garcia.

Fox 32's Tisha Lewis spoke via phone with Garrett's attorney Richard Blass and Blass says, "This is a difficult time for everyone and I have no additional comment until there is more information as to what occurred."

Garrett was reportedly driving the wrong-way on Lake Shore Drive early Friday morning when he triggered the multi-car crash. A woman in the first car he struck was taken to the hospital and later released.

"He shouldn't have gotten bond, it's just not fair. If it was another civilian, they would have been locked away, thrown away the key, that would have been it," said Joaquin Garcia's sister, also named Cecilia.

Garcia was a student at Malcolm X College studying to become a surgical technician, planning to graduate in May. Last Fall he made the Honors List.

For his family, his death is one that could have been prevented.

Garrett is charged with two counts each of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in the deaths of Joaquin Garcia and his friend Fabian Torres, 27.

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