CHP officer from Tracy dies in Christmas Eve crash

Saul Bowman
December 26, 2017

Another officer in the auto, Jonathan Velasquez, was treated at a hospital for lacerations and released Monday, said Sgt. Rob Nacke, a CHP spokesman.

Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez said the driver was traveling at a high speed on Interstate 880 in Hayward when he slammed into the back of a CHP SUV parked on the right shoulder.

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

CHP officer Andrew Camilleri, 33, was stopped in a marked vehicle near Winton Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 880 at about 11:32 p.m. Sunday when the wreck happened, according to the Golden Gate CHP Facebook page. He is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and is in serious condition at a hospital.

CHP affirmed Monday morning that one of the officers had passed on of his wounds.


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

He was married with three kids, CHP said in a press conference.

Camilleri had been with the CHP for a little more than a year and is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons. Camilleri, 33, died from his injuries.

In honor of Camilleri, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff. He was treated at a hospital and has since been released. "We join his family, friends and the entire California Highway Patrol in mourning his death and in honoring his sacrifice".

CHP says the driver had been drinking and was on drugs.

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