Driver in fatal Poway crash arrested: Robbie Gillespie faces multiple charges

Evelyn Courtney died in June 20 wreck

SAN DIEGO - A man was arrested Thursday for allegedly being intoxicated when he got into a traffic collision with a Poway Fire Department vehicle six weeks ago, killing a 19-year-old aspiring fashion model riding in his car.

Deputies took 44-year-old Robbie Dean Gillespie into custody at his home in the 12000 block of Alta Carmel Court shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to sheriff's officials.

Gillespie was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury in connection with the crash that killed Evelyn Courtney in her hometown of Poway on June 20.

Gillespie is scheduled to be arraigned August 5.

About 4 a.m. that day, an eastbound fire engine responding to a medical call hit Gillespie's southbound Honda Accord at Midland and Poway roads and pushed it into a roadside light pole, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Duckworth said.

Courtney died at the scene of the crash. Gillespie had to be freed from his mangled car and was hospitalized for a time.

The three crew members in the emergency vehicle were unhurt. They told investigators they had entered the street crossing on a green light, with their overhead emergency lights activated.

An open alcoholic beverage container was found in the crushed Accord, according to Duckworth.

Two days before the crash, Gillespie was arrested and booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gillespie, however, posted the $5,000 bail and was released from custody. He was scheduled to appear in court on June 25.


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