CHP Officer Died When Struck By Drunken Driver

Dec 26, 2017, 01:10
CHP Officer Died When Struck By Drunken Driver

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and a moment harmed late Sunday night when a suspected DUI driver pummeled into their watch SUV as it was stopped in favor of Highway 880 close Hayward, specialists said on Christmas.

All three suffered injuries and were rushed by ambulances to local hospitals. His partner, Jonathan Velasquez, survived the wreck with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Asst.

The CHP declined to release the name of the driver who hit the patrol auto.

Officials from the CHP Golden Gate confirmed the "tragic line of duty death" via Twitter on Christmas morning.

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

CHP Assistant Chief Ernie Sanchez named the dead officer as 33-year-old Anthony Camilleri Sr., who leaves behind three children and his wife, CBS San Francisco reported.

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Based on the initial investigation, authorities believe an allegedly intoxicated 22-year-old - suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana - was headed home from a party when he drifted onto the shoulder and hit the parked vehicle from behind, according to CHP officials.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement about the loss of the officer.

"Anne and I are profoundly disheartened to learn of the very bad loss of Officer Camilleri, who kicked the bucket yesterday while attempting to guard our groups".

In honor of Camilleri, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

"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.