Man Pleads Guilty in Poway (CA) Fatal Fire Apparatus Collision

A man who was high on methamphetamine when he ran a red light, crashed into a Poway fire truck and killed a 19-year-old passenger in his car, pleaded guilty.

Robbie Dean Gillespie, 45, faces up to 10 years and eight months in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 6 by Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Link said Gillespie was arrested June 18 for having 1.8 grams of meth in a Poway hotel room. Two men and two women, 18 and 19 years old, were also in the room.

On June 20 about 4 a.m., Gillespie got in a car with Courtney, whom he described as a friend, and was driving under the influence of meth when he ran a red light and collided with the front of a fire truck going about 40 mph.

Courtney died at the scene. Gillespie was freed from the wreckage and hospitalized.

Gillespie was arrested but not charged until a traffic investigation was completed. In interviews with news outlets, Gillespie said he was taking Courtney home when the accident happened.

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