NOPD lieutenant killed in Mississippi crash

First District Lieutenant Christopher Cambiotti, 42
First District Lieutenant Christopher Cambiotti, 42

New Orleans, La.- The New Orleans Police Department is mourning the death of First District Lieutenant Christopher Cambiotti, who was killed in a car accident Saturday in Hattiesburg. The accident occurred just before 5:00 p.m. on Hwy 43 near Carter Road.

A spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J says Cambiotti was ejected from a 1970 MG Midget Convertible, driven by 42-year-old  Thomas Daughdrill.

Police say a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer SUV, driven by 26-year-old William Scott, struck the convertible in the rear bumper causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and overturn, ejecting Cambiotti from the car.

Cambiotti died on the scene.  He was 42-years-old.

Chris joined the NOPD in 1997. During his time with the department, he served the people of New Orleans by working in the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Districts.  He also worked briefly in the department's Special Operations Division.  Finally, during the last five years of his career, Chris served as the Second in Command to First District Commander Bobby Norton.

"This is a great loss for me, both professionally and personally.  This is also a true loss for our community.  Chris was a dedicated officer who cared for and respected this community very much." Commander Norton said.

"Chris Cambiotti was a great person, as well as an exemplary police officer.  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," said Superintendent Ronal Serpas,  "Chris was very popular with the officers and made tremendous contributions to this police department, as well as to the people of New Orleans.  He will be sorely missed."

The New Orleans Police Department sends sincere condolences to the Cambiotti family as well as to NOPD Homicide Detective Maggie Darling.

Details on the memorial service have not been confirmed.