California Highway Patrol officer died when struck by drunken driver

Assistant Chief Ernie Sanchez gives a press conference on Monday, December 25, 2017. A California Highway Patrol officer died when he was struck by a drunken driver. (CNN Newsource/KGO)

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old driver who struck a CHP patrol car, killing an officer, was under the influence of alcohol and possibly marijuana while returning from a party.

Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez said the driver was traveling at a high speed on a San Francisco Bay Area highway, Interstate 880 in Hayward, when he slammed into the back of a CHP SUV parked on the right shoulder. The crash occurred late Sunday and shut down the southbound lanes of the highway for hours.

The officer who died was in the passenger seat. Sanchez identified him as 33-year-old Andrew Camilleri, a married father of three children. A second officer in the vehicle was treated at a hospital and released.

The CHP declined to release the name of the driver who hit the patrol car.

Officer Hannah Walcott said the officer was on duty and a passenger in a patrol car parked on the shoulder of Interstate 880 in Hayward when he was struck around 11:20 p.m. Sunday. The officer in the driver's seat suffered minor injuries.

Walcott said the driver who hit the patrol car was taken to a hospital. She didn't know the driver's condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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