Driver Convicted in Cyclist's Death

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    James Swarzman, an avid cyclist, was killed in Leucadia by a hit-and-run driver on April 10, 2011.

    A Carlsbad man faces four years behind bars for striking and killing a cyclist in Encinitas three months ago.

    Joseph Ricardo Fernandez, 46, was convicted Tuesday in the death of James Steven Swarzman of Encino who was killed while riding with a small group of bicyclists around 1 a.m. on April 10.

    Cyclist Killed by Hit and Run Driver

    [DGO] Cyclist Killed by Hit and Run Driver
    San Diego County sheriff's deputies are looking for a black or blue F150 pickup truck in the death of Jim Swarzman, 47, of Los Angeles. (Published Monday, April 11, 2011)

    Swarzman, 71, an avid cyclist, was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla via Mercy Air and was pronounced dead three hours after the accident.

    Avid Cyclist Killed in Leucadia Hit-and-Run

    [DGO] Avid Cyclist Killed in Leucadia Hit-and-Run
    Only a trail of evidence remained Sunday morning where an unknown driver fatally rear ended Jim Swarzman. (Published Sunday, April 10, 2011)

    Fernandez turned himself in to officials the next day and was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges.

    A witness following Fernandez'  truck just before the collision said the vehicle drifted between the middle of the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes before striking Swarzman from behind, deputies said.

    Fernandez faces up to four years when he's sentenced Sept. 12.