California Highway Patrol Officer Dies in Crash on Highway in Bay Area

CHP Officers Seriously Injured In Horrific Highway 880 Crash

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed on Christmas Eve when a suspected drunk driver crashed his auto into the officer's patrol vehicle, which was parked on the side of Interstate 880 in Hayward, CHP officials said.

Investigators believe the man's auto was traveling at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the SUV, causing significant damage and leaving the CHP vehicle a crumpled pile of metal.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 22-year-old man from Hayward, who, according to Sanchez, "had too much to drink and too much to smoke".

Officers reacted in the blink of an eye before midnight to reports of an impact in the southbound paths of Interstate-880 only north of Highway 92 including a red auto and a CHP vehicle, Bay Area TV channel KPIX detailed.

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

"This is not the way we wanted to celebrate Christmas Day", Sanchez was quoted as saying.

33-year-old Andrew Camilleri died of his injuries hours later.

Camilleri joined the Highway Patrol in August 2016 and graduated from the CHP Academy on March 3, the patrol said.

Camilleri and Velasquez, who was seated in the driver's seat, were participating in the department's Maximum Enforcement Patrol to ensure the safety of motorists during the holiday season. He is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and is in serious condition at a hospital.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement about the loss of the officer. The officer in the driver's seat suffered minor injuries. He was treated at a hospital and has since been released.

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