Driver in Fatal California Crash Involving Fire Apparatus Due in Court

A Rancho Bernardo (CA) man who was allegedly intoxicated when he got into a traffic collision with a Poway Fire Department vehicle six weeks ago, killing a 19-year-old in his car, is scheduled to be arraigned, reports

Robbie Dean Gillespie, 45, was arrested Thursday at his home and 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.

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.

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