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Mental Health Hearing Held for Suspect in Fatal Crash with Fire Truck

Robbie D. Gillespie pleaded guilty last September to gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs and possession of methamphetamine.

UPDATE AT 10:25 A.M.

A mental competency hearing was rescheduled today for Feb. 14 for 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.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED AT 7:48 A.M.

A mental competency hearing is scheduled today for 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.

Robbie Dean Gillespie, 45, pleaded guilty last September to gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs and possession of methamphetamine.

Before sentencing, criminal proceedings were suspended as doctors evaluated Gillespie's mental competency.

Gillespie was arrested Aug. 1 at his home in the 12000 block of Alta Carmel Court in Rancho Bernardo for the death on June 20 of  Evelyn Courtney, an aspiring fashion model.

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. Gillespie bailed out of jail the next morning and admitted using meth and marijuana while free, Link said.

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.

An open alcoholic beverage container was found in Gillespie's Honda Accord, sheriff's deputies said.

-- City News Service  

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