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San Diego County, California — June 20, 2013

Officials say one motorist died and another was hurt after colliding with a fire engine in Poway Thursday morning.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified 44-year-old male motorist from San Diego was traveling in his Honda Accord through the intersection of Poway Road and Midland Road around 4:05 a.m. when he failed to yield and collided with a fire engine en route to an emergency call. Authorities report that emergency lights were activated and on and that the fire engine had a green light at the time of the crash. The impact caused the Honda to strike a utility pole.

The motorist’s passenger, 19-year-old Evelyn Jean Courtney of Poway, died from her injuries.

The driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released.

Officials are conducting an ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this incident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports crashes caused by the running of red lights caused 762 deaths in 2008.

UPDATE: The motorist has been identified as Robbie Gillespie of Rancho Bernardo.

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