Friends Mourn Teen Model

Evelyn Courtney, 19, was killed during a car accident on Thursday morning

By Dave Summers
|  Friday, Jun 21, 2013  |  Updated 11:48 AM PDT
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Friends of 19-year-old Evelyn Courtney, who died in a car accident Thursday morning, gathered in Poway for an impromptu vigil Thursday night.

Friends of 19-year-old Evelyn Courtney, who died in a car accident Thursday morning, gathered in Poway for an impromptu vigil Thursday night.

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Late Thursday night coworkers of teenager Evelyn Courtney gathered at the corner where she was killed for candlelight vigil.

The 19-year-old model was killed when she was involved in a car accident Thursday morning. Behind the wheel was 44-year-old Robbie Gillespie, who suffered minor injuries. Investigators found a broken bottle of liquor in the car but say it's not known whether anyone was drinking.

Gillespie was driving southbound on Midland Road. A Poway fire truck was eastbound on Poway Road. The two were driving the speed limit but collided at the intersection.

After learning of Courtney’s death, a group of 20 plus Steinmart Employees prayed, share stories about Evelyn, left cards and flowers. The teen model worked at Steinmart and lived in Poway.

Friends said she had a promising career and life in front of her before a collision with a fire truck ended it all too soon.

“It's going to be hard to get through all this,” said her best friend Sarah Spofford.

Investigators say charges are pending the outcome of this investigation. 

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