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Citations issued in Dan Ryan accident that killed off-duty CPD officer

By Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

July 21--A Chicago man was ticketed after an off-duty Chicago police officer was killed this afternoon in a motorcycle accident involving another vehicle on the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to Illinois State Police.

The accident was reported at 2:15 p.m. on the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway at 69th Street, according to Illinois State Police.

The off-duty, probationary officer, was driving his motorcycle south bound when it collided with another vehicle, according to state police. The person in the other vehicle remained on the scene.

Chicago police officials identified the officer as Tito M. Rodriguez, 28. He had been a Chicago Police Officer since May 2013. All officers are designated probationary officers for the first year and a half of service, police said.

"We are truly saddened by the loss of Officer Tito Rodriguez who perished in today's tragic accident," said Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy. "On behalf of the entire Chicago Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Whenever we lose one of our own, it has an effect on each of us."

According to Illinois State Police, a red 2007 Pontiac coupe driven by Dennis Anderson, 50, of Chicago, was trying to make an abrupt lane change to avoid missing the exit at 71st Street, when the Pontiac cut off a motorcycle in another lane.

Rodriguez, the driver of the motorcycle, was unable to avoid the Pontiac and collided, police said in a press release. The officer was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the press release. Rodriguez was not wearing a helmet, according to state police.

Anderson has been charged with improper lane usage and no valid insurance. The southbound entrance ramp from 75th Street will be closed until further notice.

The Cook County medical examiner's office was alerted about the accident and investigators were being dispatched to the scene, according to a spokesman.

chicagobreaking@tribune.com -- Twitter: @ChicagoBreaking

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