Former publisher of UT San Diego dies in car crash

Associated Press Modified: November 21, 2012 at 2:00 am •  Published: November 21, 2012
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Copley, the last in a line of San Diego Union-Tribune publishers and owners from a family who dominated the city's media for more than eight decades, died after crashing his car Tuesday night near his La Jolla home.

Copley, 60, was declared dead at Scripps Memorial Hospital at about 9 p.m., some three hours after he crashed his Aston Martin sports car into a parked vehicle, the newspaper now known as UT San Diego reported (http://bit.ly/UUG6Xf). Copley's close friend Dr. Robert Singer announced the death outside the hospital.

Police working at a nearby rally heard the crash and found Copley alone in the car and unconscious at about 6:15 p.m., fire department spokesman Maurice Luque said. Copley was resuscitated and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear, but police told the newspaper it may have stemmed from a medical emergency. Copley had a heart transplant in 2005.

Copley took over as owner and publisher of the Union-Tribune, the main newspaper in the nation's eighth-largest city, from his mother in 2001. He held the position until 2009, when parent company Copley Press Inc. sold the newspaper to the private Beverly Hills-based firm Platinum Equity, ending an 81-year San Diego dynasty.

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