CHP Officer Died When Struck By Drunken Driver

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CHP says Officer Andrew Camilleri and another officer were parked in their patrol auto on the shoulder of Interstate 880 in Hayward when another vehicle struck the rear of the patrol auto at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

An officer with the California Highway Patrol died Christmas Eve in a crash in Hayward, the CHP said. Police were called to the scene late Sunday evening after receiving a report about a collision involving a auto that rear-ended a CHP patrol vehicle.

Officers responded shortly before midnight to reports of a collision in the southbound lanes of Interstate-880 just north of Highway 92 involving a red auto and a CHP vehicle, Bay Area television station KPIX reported.

The Chrysler 300 slammed into the rear of the SUV, leaving the CHP vehicle a crumpled pile of metal.

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The man, who "chose to be irresponsible" and is hospitalized in serious condition, will face a slew of felony charges upon his release from the hospital, Sanchez said. All three victims suffered injuries and were rushed by ambulances to local hospitals. Jerry Brown issued a statement following news of the officer's death. Camilleri is survived by his wife Rosanna, three children; 12, 6 and 2 years old; his parents, a brother and sister.

Capt. Tim Pearson, commander of the CHP office in Hayward, fondly recalled Camilleri, who joined the department in August 2016.

Flags at the state Capitol will be flown at half-staff in honor of Camilleri, Brown said.

Walcott said the second officer suffered minor injuries. "We join his family, friends and the entire California Highway Patrol in mourning his death and in honoring his sacrifice".

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