Ex-SDG&E Employee Pleads Guilty in Deadly Hit and Run

The former SDG&E employee changed his plea before going to trial in the January death of a homeless man

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    Former San Diego Gas and Electric employee Hector Hoyt has pleaded guilty to killing a man with an SDG&E truck and fleeing the scene. NBC 7's Matt Rascon explains why his defense attorney is calling it a "tragic situation for everybody involved." (Published Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014)

    A former San Diego Gas and Electric employee has pleaded guilty to killing a man with an SDG&E truck and fleeing the scene.

    The trial against Hector Hoyt, 55, was expected to begin Wednesday. Instead, Hoyt changed his plea and pleaded guilty to one count of felony hit and run causing death.

    Robert Fisher, a 54-year-old homeless man, died Jan. 6 after being hit by Hoyt while crossing the 200 block of Jamacha Blvd. in El Cajon. The utility truck kept going, leaving Fisher lying in the middle of the street. Moments later, a second, separate vehicle accidentally ran over him again. That driver stopped and called 911.

    Hoyt was not on the job at the time of the accident.

    Ex-SDG&E Employee Arraigned Ex-SDG&E Employee Arraigned Hector Hoyt, a former San Diego Gas and Electric employee accused of hitting a man with his work truck and leaving him in the street to die, made his first court appearance since the deadly hit and run. NBC 7's Rory Devine reports. (Published Thursday, Jan 30, 2014)

    Hoyt’s private defense attorney Russell Robinson calls the case a “tragic situation for everybody involved.”

    “Had he (Hoyt) just stopped, stayed right there, we couldn’t have this conversation. No crime of any kind,” Russell said. “He didn’t cause the accident. It was nothing about him or his vehicle that was negligent or inoperative. It was leaving, and that’s when he panicked to save his job.”

    The guilty plea means Hoyt won’t go to trial, saving taxpayers money and saving the families from more turmoil, according to Deputy District Attorney George Modlin.

    “Justice I believe has been done. I think it is a fair resolution to the case,” Modlin said. “Whether it’s satisfying or not, we still have an individual who died, which is unfortunate and tragic.”

    Hoyt has been receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder since the accident happened, Russell said.

    The victim's family has said the hit and run charge isn't enough and has vowed to sue SDG&E.

    Family to Sue SDG&E After Fatal Accident Family to Sue SDG&E After Fatal Accident NBC 7's Candice Nguyen speaks exclusively with Jared Bye, the stepson of Robert Fisher, a man who was killed in a Jan. 6 hit and run crash in El Cajon involving an SDG&E employee driving a company utility truck. The victim's family plans to sue the company. (Published Saturday, Jan 18, 2014)

    Hoyt faces a maximum of three years in prison, but his lawyer is confident he’ll get work furlough or probation instead. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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