PALMDALE, CA — On December 2, 2020, CHP Officer Andy Ornelas succumbed to his injuries from a traffic collision that occurred on November 23, 2020.
On November 23rd, Officer Ornelas was on patrol riding his departmental motorcycle, when the driver of a pickup truck made a U-turn directly into the path of Officer Ornelas. The truck driver failed to observe Officer Ornelas’ oncoming motorcycle. As a result, Officer Ornelas collided with the truck and was ejected from his motorcycle suffering life threatening injuries. Officer Ornelas was a member of the California Highway Patrol for three and a half years.
Officer Ornelas was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster in an effort to provide life-saving medical care. Sadly, a week and a half later, Officer Ornelas passed away due to his injuries.
He was beloved by those in his department and everyone who knew him.
Officer Ornelas is survived by his wife Taylor, his mother, retired CHP Officer Kellie Ornelas, his father, active Los Angeles Police Department Officer Art Ornelas, his brother, CHP Officer Cody Ornelas, and sister, Nikki Ornelas.
“Today we are met with a tragic loss that brings sadness to our hearts,” said Brad Houle, CAHP Credit Union President. “Officer Ornelas was an exemplary officer, husband, and friend. We grieve together with his family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.”
Please keep Officer Ornelas’ family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn this heartbreaking loss.
The CAHP Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of Officer Ornelas. One-hundred percent of all donations received will go directly to Officer Ornelas’ wife. The CAHP Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities. Thank you for your continued support.
Donations can be made on the CAHP Credit Union website https://www.cahpcu.org/OfficerAndyOrnelasMemorialFund or mailed to:
Officer Andy Ornelas Memorial Fund
CAHP Credit Union
P.O. Box 276507
Sacramento, CA 95827-6507
CAHP Credit Union has a membership of over 19,000 and is dedicated to matching the integrity, judgement and courtesy displayed by our peace officer members every day, in providing financial services whenever and wherever they need access to CAHP Credit Union.