SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Rancho Bernardo 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.
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.
The collision occurred as the woman was getting a ride home following a night of working on a fashion project with Gillespie's wife, the victim's father Wade Courtney said.
Two days prior to the fatal crash, Gillespie had bailed out of jail following a drug-possession arrest, according to sheriff's officials.
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