HAYWARD, California - An officer with the California Highway Patrol died Christmas Eve in a crash in Hayward, the CHP said.
Officer Andrew Camilleri, 33, of Tracy, died after his stopped patrol vehicle was struck by a suspected impaired driver on the Winton Avenue on-ramp to southbound Interstate 880, CHP said.
Camilleri and another officer suffered injuries in the crash. Camilleri was transported to St. Rose Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Today we mourn the loss of one of our own, @CHPHayward Officer Andrew Camilleri Sr., who was killed last night by a suspected impaired driver. This young man leaves behind a wife and three children. Officer Camilleri paid the ultimate price while protecting the people of CA.— Acting Commissioner (@CHPCommissioner) December 25, 2017
On Christmas Day, Gov. Jerry Brown released a statement on Camilleri's death.
“Anne and I are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Officer Camilleri, who died yesterday while working to keep our communities safe," Brown said Monday. "We join his family, friends and the entire California Highway Patrol in mourning his death and in honoring his sacrifice.”
Camilleri graduated from the CHP Academy in March 2017. He is survived by his wife, Rosanna; a daughter and two sons, ages 12, 6 and 2; and his parents, brother and sister.
In honor of Camilleri, Capitol flags in Sacramento will be flown at half-staff.