Bond Set For Man Facing Charges In Deadly AccidentBond has been set at $105,000 for a man charged with killing two people after speeding away from a police officer. Celso Garza, 24, of East Grand Forks made his first court appearance today, and faces nine charges.
Bond has been set at $105,000 for a man charged with killing two people after speeding away from a police officer.
Celso Garza, 24, of East Grand Forks made his first court appearance today, and faces nine charges.
The deadly accident happened early Saturday morning.
Today Garza apologized in court for what the family and friends of two young adults are going through.
Tanner Norlang says, "She's going to be missed. She will."
Norlang's half-sister was 19-year-old Tasha Brenno. Brenno and 21-year-old James Freestone were killed in a car crash in Grand Forks this weekend. Police say they stopped Celso Garza for running a red light. Garza sped away from the officer, hitting the car Freestone, Brenno and two others were riding in.
Jackie Hoffarth, the sister of Freestone, says, "It's sad all around. Not just for us and Tasha's family, but it's sad for the other two kids who were in the car, and it's sad for Garza's family too. He's got babies."
Garza faces nine charges, including two counts of homicide while fleeing a police officer, two counts of assault while fleeing a police officer, drug charges, and driving under the influence.
Grand Forks County Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Falck says, "We have no tests back on the alcohol. The two charges of homicide and two charges of assault are really more predicated on the fleeing an officer statute."
Garza will be in court again in August. Loved ones of those killed plan to be there, just like they packed the courtroom today.
Hoffarth says, "To help heal, and I just wanted to do it for Jimmy."
Garza faces up to more than 63 years if convicted and 48 thousand dollars.
22-year-old Kathryn Olson of Grand Forks who was hurt in the accident is still in serious condition at the hospital.
18-year-old Michael Badurek of Grand Forks was also hurt but was released from the hospital.