David C. Copley, heir to a newspaper family that for 78 years owned the Daily Breeze, died Tuesday night after a car crash in San Diego. He was 60.
Copley was the adopted grandson of Col. Ira Copley, who built a newspaper empire that stretched from California to Illinois. At the time the Breeze was sold in late 2006, David Copley was the company's CEO and president. Locally, Copley Press Inc. also owned The Beach Reporter and the Palos Verdes Peninsula News.
The gem of the empire was the San Diego Union-Tribune, which was a Pulitzer Prize in 2006.
Copley, 60, was driving his Aston Martin around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Eads Avenue and Silverado Street when he lost control and crashed into several parked cars, officials said.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department authorities said Copley struck multiple parked vehicles before coming to a stop. Crews performed CPR to Copley before transporting him to Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, where a family friend confirmed his death.