New Orleans police lieutenant killed in MS. accident www.privateofficer.com
Hattiesburg MS Oct 22 2012 A New Orleans police officer died Saturday in a car accident inHattiesburg, Miss., a New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman said.
First District Lt. Christopher Cambiotti, 42, was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene, spokeswoman Remi Braden said.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Miller said Cambiotti was thrown from the passenger seat of an MG Midget that was hit by an SUV and ran off of U.S. 49.
He said neither driver was ticketed but the accident Saturday is still being investigated.
Miller said 42-year-old Thomas Daughdrill of Covington was driving the two-seat sports car. He suffered minor injuries.
Miller said 26-year-old William Scott of Hattiesburg was unhurt.
The right front bumper of Scott’s Mercury Mountaineer hit Daughdrill’s left rear bumper, Miller said.
Cambiotti, who had been with the department since 1997, worked as the First District’s second in command to Cmdr. Bobby Norton, Braden said.
“This is a great loss for me, both professionally and personally,” Norton said in a press release Sunday. “This is also a true loss for our community. Chris was a dedicated officer who cared for and respected this community very much.”
Cambiotti also worked in the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth districts as well as the department’s Special Operations Division, Braden said.
“Chris Cambiotti was a great person, as well as an exemplary police officer,” Superintendent Ronal Serpas said. “He’d always make a point of coming over to say hello during breaks at weekly COMSTAT meetings. He always had something positive to say, and he always had a smile on his face.”
A memorial service will be held at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Details of the service have not been finalized, Braden said.