Hayward DUI suspect in serious condition after allegedly killing CHP officer

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- ABC7 News is learning more about the 22-year-old from Hayward who crashed into a CHP vehicle on Interstate 880 Christmas Eve killing 33-year-old Officer Andrew Camilleri, a husband and father.

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Thirty-three-year-old CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri leaves behind a wife and three children.

On Christmas Eve Officer Camilleri and his partner, Officer Jonathan Velasquez, were on a maximum enforcement patrol on the side of the 880 freeway, looking for drivers under the influence when the CHP says their vehicle was hit by one.

"This person, a 22-year-old from Hayward, chose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and also drugs and this needs to stop," said Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez with the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of a red Cadillac that slammed into the CHP vehicle is in serious condition at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where officers are standing guard waiting for him to be treated and released.

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"We have enough evidence and enough statements that have been made today to allow us to charge this individual when he gets released from the local hospital with some very serious felony charges," said Sanchez.

In Hayward, friends and neighbors visited the driver's home. Off camera they told ABC7 News their condolences go out to Officer Camilleri's family as well as the driver's family. They say the 22-year-old driver is married and recently had a baby.
The CHP is not releasing the driver's name until he is booked.

Outside the Hayward area office there's a bouquet of white roses.

Officer Camilleri was with the CHP a year and four months. He'd planned to open presents with his children Christmas morning.

His partner, who was in the driver's seat and wearing a seatbelt has been released from the hospital.

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The CHP says a fund is being established for Officer Camillari's family that should be available for donations by Tuesday afternoon. Once available CHP Golden Gate Division has said it will share the information on its Facebook page.

Click here to donate to the official CHP memorial fund for Officer Camilleri.
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