Another officer in the vehicle, Jonathan Velasquez, was treated at a hospital for lacerations and released Monday, said Sgt. Rob Nacke, a CHP spokesman.
At around 11:30 p.m., a red Cadillac hit the CHP vehicle from behind at high speed, Sanchez said.
The 22-year-old suspect is believed to have been drunk, under the influence of drugs and coming home from a party, according to CHP.
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The California Highway Patrol officer killed in the crash on 880 was identified as Andrew Camilleri, 33.
Additional details about the cause of the collision remain unknown. He had been with the CHP for one year and four months.
All three suffered injuries and were rushed by ambulances to local hospitals.
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Two officers on a routine CHP watch on Christmas Eve were inside the vehicle at the time, he said. Camilleri is survived by his wife Rosanna, three children; 12, 6 and 2 years old; his parents, a brother and sister.
Camilleri had been officer for the California Highway Patrol for just over a year, Sanchez said.
Banners at the Capitol will be flown at half-staff in the fallen officer's respect, as indicated by an announcement from Gov. Governor Brown's statement on death of CHP officer: "Anne and I are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Officer Camilleri, who died yesterday while working to keep our communities safe".
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Velasquez, who was sitting in the driver's seat, was injured and later released from the hospital.