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California Highway Patrol officer killed, second injured in crash on highway

California Highway Patrol officer killed, second injured in crash on highway

A California Highway Patrol officer killed in a DUI crash on Interstate 880 in Hayward on Christmas is a father of three children.

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. Sanchez, who declined to release the driver's name, said the driver may also have been under the influence of marijuana.

Velasquez, who was sitting in the driver's seat, was injured and later released from the hospital.

He was killed late Sunday night when a suspected drunk driver hit his SUV as it was parked on the side of Highway 880.

CHP confirmed Monday morning that one of the officers had died of his injuries.




"Being a CHP officer is a calling", Pearson 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.

"This is not the way we wanted to celebrate Christmas Day", Sanchez said.

Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement that he is "deeply saddened" by Camilleri's death.

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. The driver, identified as Daniel Valencia, 18, had minor injuries. Sanchez said he believes that the suspect was "coming home from a party and had obviously had too much to drink and maybe too much to smoke".

"We join his family, friends and the entire California Highway Patrol in mourning his death and honoring his sacrifice", Brown said.

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