BREAKING NEWS Out Of California On Christmas… RIP

Officer Andrew Camilleri was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve.

Officer Andrew Camilleri was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve.  (California Highway Patrol)


A California Highway Patrol officer was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver when he crashed into the officer’s patrol vehicle, which was parked on the side of the Interstate. It happened on Christmas Eve, officials said.

Officer Andrew Camilleri, 33, was in the passenger seat of a parked patrol car when the vehicle was hit around 11:20 p.m. Sunday on the San Francisco Bay Area highway.

Camilleri was in the patrol car with Officer Jonathan Velasquez, who was sitting in the driver’s seat and suffered minor injuries in the crash, Fox News reported.

The 33-year-old officer was transported to St. Rose Hospital in Hayward where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Camilleri was married and had three children who expected their father to come home and help them open Christmas presents, said Asst. Chief Ernest Sanchez at a news conference Monday morning.

Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez said the driver was traveling at a high speed on Interstate 880 when he slammed into the back of the patrol car parked on the right shoulder. The crash shut down southbound lanes of the highway for hours.

The California Highway Patrol said the driver who struck the officers’ vehicle was 22 years old and under the influence of alcohol and possibly marijuana. The unidentified driver was also returning from a party.

Camilleri began his career with the California Highway Patrol just last year on August 27, 2016, officials said.

He leaves behind a wife and three children who expected him to be home to open Christmas presents, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues as we collectively mourn this heartbreaking tragedy,” the CHP Golden Gate Division said Monday.

“We come to you with broken hearts and also anger — not just because we’ve lost one of our own,” Sanchez said. “The number of fatalities we’ve had in the Bay Area, just in the last couple of weeks involving people who have chosen to drive under the influence of alcohol and are suspected of marijuana use — you’ll find too many tragedies have happened.”

“Today, we lost not only a hero, but a son, a brother, a husband and a father to a senseless act and an irresponsible decision,” said Capt. Tim Pearson, who commands the CHP’s Hayward area office. “Andrew was drawn to this profession due to his courage, integrity and desire to serve. Andrew was a great man who loved his job and loved his family.”

So tragic. Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.


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