Operating a vehicle is a privilege and one that should be taken on with responsibility and defensive driving techniques. Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs proper judgement and reaction time that is necessary to be a safe driver. We are saddened to learn about accidents caused by operator negligence, especially when these bad decisions involve innocent passengers. Not only do drug or alcohol related crashes wreak havoc on victim’s families, they also carry heavy penalties.
Such is the case on Monday when Robbie Dean Gillespie, 45, of Rancho Bernardo, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, following a June accident that killed his 19-year-old passenger Evelyn Courtney. Gillespie and Courtney collided with a Poway Fire Truck shortly after 4 am, and Courtney perished at the scene. It’s also reported that Gillespie was arrested two days prior to the accident for having 1.8 grams of methamphetamine in a hotel room, but was released on bail.
The Judge on the case said Gillespie was a threat to society, and violated the trust of the victim.
We wish bad things never happened and will do anything we can to make the world a safer place for innocent victims like Evelyn Courtney. Our lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene defend and protect the rights of injury victims when so often the businesses who are meant to do so fall short, denying the much needed resource healing and recovery from an accident. Nothing will ever undo the travesty of catastrophic accidents, especially those involving loss of a loved one. We just hope that our firm can be there for those in need during some of life’s most trying times. Call us with any questions 1-800-560-5059 or fill out a free, no obligation consultation form online, anytime.