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    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 
    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. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Rancho Bernardo man remains behind bars, accused of being intoxicated when he crashed into a Poway fire truck, killing his passenger.

Robbie Gillespie opened up to News 8 about the deadly crash in an emotional jailhouse interview.

Gillespie says meth has cost him everything.

"I worked seven days a week, working very hard for my family," he said.

His interview is hard to follow. He seemed to change his answer several times when he was asked if he was under the influence while at the wheel on June 20, the night deputies say he blew through an intersection and was t-boned by a fire truck responding to a call. His passenger, 19-year-old Evelyn Courtney, was killed.

Gillespie was unclear on exactly how he knew the aspiring model. But her father has said she was working on a fashion project with Gillespie's wife and was getting a ride home. Gillespie says he never heard a siren as they went through the intersection.

"I know there's not that much construction but still with those lights you're not really gonna see them unless you're really looking to the right. So kind of at the last second I looked over, caught the lights out of the corner of my eye, but there was no siren," Gillespie said.

Gillespie doesn't take full blame for the accident, rather for putting him and Courtney in that situation. It also seemed the only times he teared up was when talking about what he lost that night.

"I'm still trying to deal with what happened internally myself, what's going on with my own family. A month and-a-half ago I had two jobs… loving husband, good father. Now I got nothing," he said.

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