Off-duty officer killed in motorcycle crash

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An off-duty Chicago police officer was killed this afternoon in a motorcycle crash.

Tito Rodriguez as riding his motorcycle in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway when he was struck by another vehicle near the ramp at 69th St.

The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. and caused lane closures in the area.

Officer Rodriguez was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Chicago Police, Rodriguez had been on the force since May 2013.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues.  We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the officer’s family in this difficult time," CPD said in a statement.

50-year-old Dennis Anderson of Chicago, was trying to make an abrupt lane change to avoid missing the exit at 71st Street.  His maneuver cut off Rodriguez's motorcycle in another lane.

Anderson was ticketed and has been charged with improper lane usage and no valid insurance.

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