Man who ran red light and killed passenger will appear in court

A San Diego man accused of driving a car that allegedly ran a red light and was struck broadside by a Poway fire truck, killing a 19-year-old woman in his vehicle, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Robbie Gillespie, 44, was driving a Honda Accord southbound on Midland Road around 4 a.m. Thursday when it was hit by an eastbound Poway Fire Department engine at Poway Road and pushed into a roadside light pole, according to San Diego County sheriff's officials.

The three people in the fire engine were unhurt and came to the aid of the motorist and his passenger, 19-year-old Evelyn Courtney, who died from her injuries at the scene despite the lifesaving attempts, Lt. Jeff Duckworth said.

Medics took Gillespie to a hospital for treatment of non-life- threatening injuries. He was released after treatment and is free on bond.

The nature of the relationship between Gillespie and Courtney, who was single and lived with her parents in Poway, was not immediately clear.

The occupants of the fire engine told investigators they had entered the road crossing on a green light, with their emergency flashers and siren activated.

An open alcoholic-beverage container was found in the crumpled Accord, according to Duckworth.

“Investigators are looking into the possibility that drugs and/or alcohol may have been a factor in the collision,” Duckworth said. SD Embezzle Plea

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego man who tried to start a spring professional football league pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $1 million from firms where he was the chief financial officer.

Jaime Cuadra, 54, entered his guilty pleas to federal charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return before U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff.

Prosecutors said Cuadra took $1,089,813 from Oceanic Enterprises and its parent company, Umami Sustainable Seafood. He used the funds to develop the U.S. Football League, attract investors and pay executives and marketing and public relations fees, as well as on personal travel and meals, a leased Porsche Cayenne, a T-shirt business, art, computers and entertainment, prosecutors said.

In February, he was fired by his employer and resigned as president and CEO of the USFL, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He'll have to give back the embezzled money and pay more than $387,000 in back taxes as part of the plea deal.

Umami owns two bluefin tuna farms, one near Ensenada in Baja California and the other in Croatia, U-T San Diego reported.

The original USFL folded in 1987 after four seasons. In March, USA Today reported that the re-launch of the eight-team league was delayed until next March but didn't give a reason.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 23.

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