Monday, July 21, 2014

Off Duty Killed

  • An off-duty Chicago Police officer was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon on the Dan Ryan Expy., Illinois State Police said.

    The Chicago Police Department identified the officer Sunday night as Probationary Police Officer Tito M. Rodriguez, 28, who had been with the department since May 2013.

    “We are truly saddened by the loss of Officer Tito Rodriguez who perished in today’s tragic accident,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a written statement. “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, and we will be sure to honor Officer Rodriguez’s memory and spirit appropriately.”
RIP Officer Rodriguez. Arrangements will be posted when they become available.

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51 Comments:

Anonymous USMC said...

They should have charged the asshole with reckless homicide. RIP Ofc. Rodriguez

7/21/2014 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we do not have a leader of the police or mayor.

7/21/2014 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP my brother, deepest condolences to his family and friends.

7/21/2014 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother and may G_d welcome you into his kingdom.

7/21/2014 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Met him in 001 when we both were on fto cycles. Super nice guy and we really lost a good guy. Godspeed Officer.

7/21/2014 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago breaking news reported the driver remained on the scene. I seem to remember an all call over the air saying the driver fled. Was anyone there that can clarify this?
Either way this guy had no drivers license and should have never been driving. RIP brother

7/21/2014 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed young "rookie". And that is meant with the ut-most RESPECT, because we ALL started there!
While your career was cut way too short, your decision to join the rank and file speaks of your character!
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
VAYA Con DIOS, OFFICER!

7/21/2014 04:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed

7/21/2014 04:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Rodriguez.

7/21/2014 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for our brother and his family.

7/21/2014 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

driver DID NOT flee scene. he was a 50-something with his children in the car. he tried to change 5 lanes to make the exit ramp at 71st.. either cut off or clipped the PO on the bike. he remained on scene.
007, Someone who was there

7/21/2014 07:03:00 AM  
Blogger I Voted For Obama said...

If it was an unlicensed driver who caused this accident, all traffic court judges should hang their heads in shame.

7/21/2014 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous 002ndCommando said...

To all my fellow officers please please wear proper riding gear an a Snell approved helmet.
I been riding over 25 years, and never without a helmet. In Illinois it's your choice but it's worth the time to strap on a helmet.
I have seen far to many fatal bike.accidents that may have been avoided if only they wore a helmet.
Sure it messes up your hair, doesn't look cool, and sometimes you have to carry your helmet around when you are parked but as I said it is worth the little inconvenience.
RIP my fallen brother.

7/21/2014 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace...

7/21/2014 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Just curious said...

According to the morning TV news (for however "accurate" they are), this guy had no license AND No insurance.

So he has tickets for no license, no insurance.

OK - how come he doesn't get a vehicular homicide or at least a manslaughter charge filed against him?

I have seen this type of "reckless" driving before and am amazed when Jago}}s like this do not cause a multiple-car accident.

If this guy was trying to "make his exit" and cut across several lanes, he is "in the wrong". What triggers the homicide or manslaughter charge?

7/21/2014 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP, young officer. May the angels welcome you into heaven with open arms, and may your memory be eternal.

7/21/2014 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

RIP Officer Rodriguez.

No Insurance for the car's driver, wunnerful. How do these assholes get plates? You have to put down your Insurance Co name and policy number on the registration form when you apply?

Officer Rodriguez's death is typical of many from cycle accidents, no helmet. It's also typical in that it wasn't his fault, some numbnuts in a car who wasn't looking -- or 'didn't see the motorcycle' -- caused the accident.

I hope the courts and the family of Officer Rodriguez go after this Dennis Anderson mope with everything they can. No Insurance, WTF!

7/21/2014 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rip brother, you will be missed so much!! Godspeed

7/21/2014 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

other driver made reckless improper lane change , no insurance , was he tested for drugs, or alcohol my god not charged wirth reckless homicide

rip my brother

7/21/2014 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous The Bear said...

My prayers are with our fallen brother and his family. May the Lord lead him gently into the kingdom of heaven

7/21/2014 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Officer

7/21/2014 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was working and listening to Zone 6. I don't remember anyone saying the driver fled. They called a 10-1 because the person who called said he was an ODPO because he saw the holstered gun.

7/21/2014 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the major traffic section charged the driver with manslaughter considering he should have never been behind the wheel. My prayers go out to the family.

7/21/2014 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rip officer. condolences to his family and friends.

7/21/2014 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A terrible tragedy ... God bless you Officer Rodriguez
God bless and comfort the Rodriguez family.

7/21/2014 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So tragic. I'm sorry for CPD's loss. I feel so badly for all who knew and loved TR. To lose him and to have to deal with the fact that the person responsible for his death will not receive the charge of reckless homicide, and therefore, will not receive just punishment? It's unbelievably outrageous. And even more heartbreaking. Please be extra careful out there, Officers. God bless you all.

7/21/2014 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace. God Bless you and CPD.

7/21/2014 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless and RIP Officer Rodriguez.

7/21/2014 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you in Valhalla.

7/21/2014 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
we do not have a leader of the police or mayor.

7/21/2014 12:11:00 AM

Totally inappropriate to post that on this topic.

Godspeed, officer.

7/21/2014 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart aches, May God welcome you into his kingdom and May he help them cope with this tragedy. RIP -

7/21/2014 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry for the lost of your son, brother, friend, my prayers are with you!! My this angel watch over us and protect us!!! -------------------- CPD

7/21/2014 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry and condolences to the officers family and CPD. Tragic crash
But explain How does no license and no insurance equal reckless homicide charges? Would be tough to get a conviction without additional factors like DUI ...

7/21/2014 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you officer.. The fact that you wanted to serve and protect like the rest of us already tells us the sacrifices you were ready to make. May God look after your family. You are an angel now.

7/21/2014 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers to his family & friends. God Bless you & RIP.

7/21/2014 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tentative, wake Friday, funeral Saturday

RIP BROTHER

7/21/2014 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious said...
According to the morning TV news (for however "accurate" they are), this guy had no license AND No insurance.

So he has tickets for no license, no insurance.

OK - how come he doesn't get a vehicular homicide or at least a manslaughter charge filed against him?

I have seen this type of "reckless" driving before and am amazed when Jago}}s like this do not cause a multiple-car accident.

If this guy was trying to "make his exit" and cut across several lanes, he is "in the wrong". What triggers the homicide or manslaughter charge?

*********************************

To warrant a reckless homicide charge, there must be two acts of "reckless" conduct like speeding excessively while under the influence of drugs/alcohol. The single reckless act of crossing 5 lanes of traffic, coupled with only statutory charges doesn't qualify.

7/21/2014 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP. Our prayers are with you and your family. Fox Lake P.D.

7/21/2014 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY heart goes out to the family of this officer. to lose a young man this early in life is tragic, my son is a PO. and rides a Harley, he doesn't wear a helmet in Il. but does when he needs to comply. I have voiced my concern but I find it hard to believe that this State does not require it. I am not at ease when he rides, people don't really pay attention to Bikes.

7/21/2014 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed officer, and may god look over your family. I can only imagine the pain they must be endouring. I have 21 years on and I can remember the energy and hope for the future I had when I first came on. I'm sure this young officer would have been a fine police officer. Such a tragedy.

7/21/2014 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wake for Tito Rodriguez will be held this Friday, July 25th from 2-8pm. Mount Auburn Funeral home located at 4101 S Oak Park, Stickney, IL 60402

7/21/2014 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger officer2friendly said...

God bless.

7/22/2014 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll miss you brother!! You were a great guy, full of energy and all smiles!! Still can't believe it?! I love you Tito!!! God bless you!

7/22/2014 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Condolences to the family. Thank you for your service.

7/22/2014 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPD has gained another Guardian Angel...

7/22/2014 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course YOU would take a situation like this and try to make it political. A person goes to court for no DL.....they don't get thrown in jail. I guess if you ever got anywhere near ANY court room you might have a better idea what goes on. Blame the judges..... What a jag off

"If it was an unlicensed driver who caused this accident, all traffic court judges should hang their heads in shame"

7/22/2014 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Officer. May your family have peace.

7/22/2014 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC... We ask that you please post this as a main article, instead of just here in the comments section. It would be GREATLY appreciated!!!


http://www.gofundme.com/byggkc

To everyone that reads this, if you are unable to donate, I'm asking you to share this post. Mannie "Tito" Rodriguez, a great police officer and even better friend has passed away due to a reckless act. I was lucky enough to laugh and work with someone as special as him everyday for the last 14 months. Someone who would run towards what most were running away from, with the only difference being a patch he proudly wore on the sleeve of his shirt. Although, no one can even imagine what his family is going through at this time of hurt, the least we can do is make the finical situation a little easier.

Wake: Friday July 25th 2pm-8pm
Mt. Auburn: 4101 S Oak Park Ave, Stickney IL

Funeral: Saturday July 26th Procession starts at 930, the mass starts at 10am. Church: St. Pius, 4314 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park IL

If you are able to come out to the ceremony you will see what true brotherhood is all about. Coworkers, friends and myself will take great honor and pride in remembering one of our own.

7/23/2014 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anybody would like to assist the family this is to help with the arrangements. http://www.gofundme.com/byggkc


7/23/2014 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.gofundme.com/byggkc

Please help the family out and donate.

7/23/2014 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC - I am unsure how to get this to you but I thought that I would at least try. You posted the funeral of Officer Rodriguez being held at St. Pius on OP Ave in OP,IL. I believe that St. Pius is in on OP Ave in Stickney,IL. I wouldn't want anyone trying to attend getting lost or confused. I hope that helps.

7/23/2014 07:57:00 PM  

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