Press Release

​Sarah Richards, Commander
Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations
601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811


​Fran Clader
Director of Communications
(916) 843-3310



SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray today issued the following statement upon the death of CHP Officer Andy Ornelas, who passed away this morning from injuries sustained in an on-duty crash on November 23:

“I am profoundly saddened upon receiving word this morning of the death of Officer Ornelas.  For the last nine days, Andy has valiantly fought to stay alive, but despite his efforts, the tireless work of medical staff, and the continual support of family, friends, and the Antelope Valley squad, Andy succumbed to his injuries early this morning.

“On behalf of the entire CHP family, my thoughts are with Andy’s loved ones, the members of the Antelope Valley squad, and all who knew him as we all grieve his death and mourn the promising future this young officer had before him.  We will never forget his service and the ultimate sacrifice he made on behalf of all Californians.”

On November 23, 2020, at approximately 7:05 p.m., Officer Ornelas was on patrol, riding his departmental motorcycle in Palmdale when he was involved in a traffic crash.  Officer Ornelas sustained multiple injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he had been receiving around-the-clock care. 

Officer Ornelas, 27, was a four-year veteran of the Department.  He had been assigned to the Antelope Valley Area since December 2019.  He followed in the footsteps of his mother, Kellie, who is a retired CHP officer from the same Antelope Valley Area office, and his father, Arturo, a motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.  He is survived by his wife, Taylor, a brother, Cody, who is a CHP officer assigned to the Central Los Angeles Area office, sister, Nikki, and an uncle, retired CHP Captain Andreas Ornelas.

Officer Ornelas becomes the 232nd officer to die in the line of duty in the 91-year history of the CHP.  Funeral services are pending. 

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

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