Posted by on January 16, 2018 5:01 pm
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A Hayward man was arraigned today on a murder charge for allegedly
killing a California Highway Patrol officer in a crash on Interstate Highway
880 in Hayward on Christmas Eve.

About a dozen CHP officers attended the arraignment of Mohammed
Ali, 22, in connection with the crash on southbound I-880 at about midnight
on Dec. 24 in which he allegedly rear-ended a parked patrol car and killed
Officer Andrew Camilleri, 33, of Tracy, and injured Officer Jonathan
Velasquez.

The officers’ car was parked on the highway’s right shoulder while
they patrolled for dangerous drivers.

Authorities believe that Ali was under the influence of alcohol
and marijuana at the time of the crash.

Camilleri’s mother, Sharon Camilleri, and several other family
members attended Ali’s brief hearing today, as did about a half dozen of
Ali’s family members.

After the hearing, Sharon Camilleri said, “Our hearts are broken
and our lives are shattered. We loved Andrew so much.”

Ali’s family members declined to talk to reporters.

Ali’s attorney, Philip Schnayerson, said, “There are no winners in
a situation like this. Both people (Camilleri and Ali) were fathers and have
kids and family members that are bereft.”

In addition to murder, Ali is charged with driving under the
influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or
higher causing injuries to Velasquez, driving under the influence of a
combination of drugs and alcohol and driving at speeds of over 100 mph.

Ali was hospitalized for several weeks following the Dec. 24 crash
and wasn’t released until last Friday, when he was then booked into the Santa
Rita Jail in Dublin, where he’s being held without bail.

Ali is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 26 to possibly enter a
plea.