After an alleged drunk driving accident where an off duty Chicago Police detective plowed into a disabled care and killed two men, a bond was set for $500,000. The accident occurred on Friday night on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Authorities said a family member of the victim was taking into custody after the hearing when a disturbance in the hallway spilled into the street.
The detective, Joseph Frugoli, age 41, residing in the Bridgeport area was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, two counts of reckless homicide, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. This information was stated by Sally Daly, the spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Frugoli was arrested Friday after his black Lexus struck a red Dodge Intrepid that was disabled in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway.
When police officers apprehended Frugoli he was walking away from the scene of the crash.
Efforts were made by a bystander to pull the victims out of the burning vehicle, but the flames proved to be too intense and there was nothing he could do.
Victim Andrew Cazares, 23, of Summit, attended Argo Community High School. Andrew worked in construction. His friends say he was a talented skateboarder and graphic artist.
Victim Fausto Manzera, 21, of Chicago attended DePaul University. Friends say “He was just a wonderful friend. He will be truly missed”.
A statement released by the Chicago Police department stated that Frugoli has been relieved of his police powers. To accompany his traffic violation investigation the Internal Affairs Division has also launched a probe into his career.
Frugoli has been involved in other wrecks previous to this one. The first of which involved a rear-end collision on the same highway. The second accident occurred in Bridgeport when Frugoli ran a stop sign and struck a Chicago police car, injuring two officers.