Ali crash

Mohammed Ali. (Alameda County Sheriff photo)

VALLEJO, Calif. — A 22-year-old man, possibly of South Asian origin, who killed a rookie California Highway Patrol officer on Christmas Eve after slamming his car into the back of the officer's parked patrol car, was charged Jan. 2 with second-degree murder.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley identified Mohammed Ali, of the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward, as the driver of the speeding Cadillac that drifted off Interstate 880 and crashed against Officer Andrew Camilleri's patrol sports utility vehicle.

Camilleri was killed in the crash. His partner, Jonathan Velasquez, who was in the driver's seat, was treated at a hospital and released.

O'Malley said Ali, who has been hospitalized since the Dec. 24 wreck, was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs and driving more than 100 mph.

Ali is also charged with the enhancement of causing great bodily injury to officer Velasquez, KGO reported. Court documents state that Ali’s blood alcohol level was 0.11 percent when taken after midnight the next day, well over the .08 percent legal limit, it said.

CHP Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez said Ali is expected to be released from a hospital in the next 48 hours and will be booked into the Santa Rita Jail.

The Cadillac was seen weaving in and out through traffic before it crashed into the patrol vehicle, according to court documents. Ali allegedly admitted to CHP to being under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, specifically marijuana, according to local reports.

He said that on Christmas Eve, he drove from Manteca to Hayward, where he crashed with an unknown object, a probable cause document states. Ali allegedly said he knew while driving that night that he was impaired but that he should have pulled over “at least three times” but did not, and made the decision to keep driving, CHP Officer Joshua Hughes wrote in a declaration, the reports said.

The police SUV was parked on the intestate's shoulder in Hayward as the officers watched for dangerous drivers when Ali crashed into them, police said.

Ali has three prior speeding tickets according to DMV records.

"The loss of life which could have been avoidable if every driver acts responsibly and lawfully," O'Malley said.

Family, friends and hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters from around the country gathered Dec. 30 in the central California city of Stockton to remember Camilleri.

Camilleri, who had been a highway patrol officer since March, is survived by his wife and three children, ages 12, 6 and 2, according to Gov. Jerry Brown's office.

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