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Funeral of LAPD officer to cause freeway, road closures

Officials are warning commuters to avoid the northbound 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and noon as funeral services are held for a motorcycle officer who died several days after he was struck by an SUV.

Chris Cortijo, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly 27 years, was rear-ended April 5 by a Chevrolet Blazer while stopped on his motorcycle at a red light near Saticoy Street and Lankershim Boulevard in Sun Valley, authorities said.

Prosecutors allege that Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, was under the influence of cocaine when the SUV she was driving struck Cortijo. She has pleaded not guilty to a felony DUI charge and could face as up to 10 years in state prison if convicted.

A "significant number" of attendees are expected to turn out for Cortijo's funeral at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the subsequent procession to Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, prompting a number of road closures, officials said.

Between 10:30 a.m. and noon, the California Highway Patrol will close northbound 101 Freeway access between the 110 Freeway and Barham Boulevard. In addition, the northbound and southbound 110 Freeway transition lanes to the 101 northbound lanes will be closed, according to Caltrans.

Motorists traveling northbound on the 101, approaching the 110, will be diverted onto the north or south transition lanes of the 110.

Also, numerous city streets surrounding the cathedral at 555 W. Temple Street will be closed off earlier in the morning. 

Transportation officials advised commuters to add 30 minutes to their drive times as a result of the closures.

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