Ross Grskovic is dead at 19, and twin Casey is charged with DUI

By Hilary Shenfeld
Updated September 28, 2015 05:40 PM
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Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office

Twins Casey and Ross Grskovic were just 6 months old when they caught the attention of David Schwimmer, who was already a star on the hit TV show Friends but was branching out to direct a TV movie.

Schwimmer put out a casting call for a set of twins to play the shared role of “Baby Tristan” for his 1998 comedy, Since You’ve Been Gone, about a 10-year high school reunion. After reviewing hundreds of photos, Schwimmer hand-picked the Grskovics, two blond boys from Wilmington, Illinois, according to a 1997 article in the Herald-News in Joliet, Illinois.

On the set, in the public consciousness, at home, the Grskovic twins were bound from the very beginning. But now, one twin is dead and the other is charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after a deadly dirt bike crash on Friday.

Ross and Casey Grskovic, 19, were riding their bikes, neither of which was street legal, on a two-lane rural road near Wilmington about 11:15 p.m. when Casey’s bike hit the rear of Ross’s bike, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Both teens hit the ground and their bikes ended up on opposite sides of the shoulder, according to reports. Ross sustained severe head injuries, and a 20-year-old friend who was riding behind the pair ran over and attempted CPR, but Ross was pronounced dead early Saturday at the hospital, authorities said. Toxicology results on Ross have not come back.

Casey, who flipped over the handlebars and suffered head and leg injuries in the crash, told police he had been drinking earlier in the day, Will County Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson tells PEOPLE. After being taken to the hospital after the crash, Casey was released Monday and is scheduled for a bond hearing Tuesday, authorities say.

Family and friends took to social media after the crash to mourn Ross and send messages of support to Casey. Some questioned why he was charged since the crash was an accident.

Says Ackerson, “Drinking to intoxication and driving is against the law. People should be extremely careful when mixing those two. At that point, you’re driving a deadly weapon.”

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