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CHP officer killed in crash on I-880, another officer injured

26 December 2017, 01:11 | Simon Arnold

CHP officer killed by suspected drunk driver on Christmas Eve in Northern California

CHP Officer Killed, Second Officer Injured In Horrific Highway 880 Crash

Camilleri's partner, Jonathan Velasquez, was treated for injuries and released.

The CHP said the two officers were parked on the right shoulder of southbound I-880, just past the Whipple exit, looking for drunk drivers.

"He had too much to drink and too much to smoke", Sanchez said.


CHP Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez said that Officer Andrew Camilleri, 33, died when a speeding red Cadillac hit the back of a patrol vehicle that Camilleri and another officer were in.

"The impact was so severe that it turned a utility vehicle into a compact vehicle", a CHP official said at a Christmas morning news conference.

All three suffered injuries and were rushed by ambulances to local hospitals. In addition to the CHP officer who died, one other was injured.


"This needs to stop", Sanchez said, adding that he is not only brokenhearted about Camilleri's death, but also angry.

Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement that he is "deeply saddened" by Camilleri's death. Officer Camilleri was in the passenger seat. He is survived by his wife, Rosanna; a daughter and two sons, ages 12, 6 and 2; and his parents, brother and sister.

"We join his family, companions and the whole California Highway Patrol in grieving his passing and in regarding his forfeit", the announcement read. He is expected to be charged when he is released from the hospital.


The driver, a Hayward resident, was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, most likely marijuana.



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