People v. Mohammed Abraar Ali

On November 6, 2020, a jury found Defendant Mohammed Abraar Ali guilty of murder, driving under the influence of alcohol (and over .08%) causing great bodily injury, and speeding over 100 mph.

At 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve 2017, CHP Officers Andrew Camilleri and Jonathan Velasquez were on routine patrol, parked on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 880, monitoring traffic. Defendant Ali, driving over 100 miles per hour, cut across the shoulder and slammed into the back of their vehicle, killing Officer Camilleri and injuring Officer Velasquez. Ali’s blood alcohol content was .135. Just 75 minutes earlier, in the City of Manteca, police were called to a disturbance between Ali and his wife, wherein the wife had locked the keys in the car so that he would not drive. On body camera, Ali admitted to having consumed a lot of alcohol and being “hella drunk.” He promised to walk across the street, go to sleep, and “wake up tomorrow sober.” Instead, once Manteca police left, he punched the window of his car and drove 58 miles at speeds averaging 95-105 mph. Ali was observed weaving aggressively in and out of traffic, and right before his exit, Ali accelerated and drove onto the shoulder, without regard for other motorists who might be parked there or entering the freeway in the other collector lanes. The most conservative estimate of Ali’s speed at impact was 103 mph, and the accelerator pedal was at 99% just two seconds prior to impact. In the four years prior to this collision, Ali received five prior speeding citations, including one for driving 105 mph, and he attended a CHP Start Smart program for young drivers which taught him the dangers of driving fast, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Videos from a hard drive belonging to Ali showed him driving fast, driving recklessly, and joking about drag-racing after consuming alcohol. The jury found that Ali acted with implied malice and convicted him of second degree murder.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2021.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Stacie Pettigrew, with assistance from DA Inspector Joe McNiff, victim-witness advocate Jenifer Mello, as well as many other victim-witness advocates who assisted family members and CHP officers to remotely observe the proceedings, as the courtroom was closed to observers due to COVID. Safety precautions were taken inside the courtroom to ensure that jurors, witnesses, attorneys and court staff maintained social distancing, while always wearing face coverings.

Posted on Nov 12, 2020