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.
The former San Diego Gas and Electric employee accused of hitting a man with his work truck and leaving him in the street to die has just been arraigned in court.
Hector Hoyt, 55, did not speak to members of the media waiting outside the San Diego County Courthouse in El Cajon Thursday morning.
Hoyt faces a felony hit-and-run charge in connection with the Jan. 6 crash on Jamacha Road that killed 54-year-old pedestrian Robert Fisher.
Prosecutors claim Hoyt was behind the wheel of an SDG&E truck that struck Fisher while he was crossing Jamacha.
Then, Hoyt is accused of leaving the scene with Fisher lying in the middle of the street.
Moments later, a second, separate vehicle accidentally ran Fisher over again.
Hoyt was booked into jail last Wednesday and later released.
He was not working at the time of the incident.
SDG&E said Hoyt is no longer employed there and that it is participating fully with authorities.
Court documents reveal Hoyt was convicted of driving under the influence in 2005 though it's unclear if he was employed by SDG&E then or if he was intoxicated the night he's accused in the hit and run.
The Fisher family's attorney said the victim's mother believes the charge is not strong enough.
Even though there was some estrangement from the family and Fisher had been living a transient lifestyle, his family still held onto hope that things would change in the future according to the victim’s uncle.