We are getting a first look at the homeless man hit and killed by an SDG&E work truck. NBC 7 has also learned the man arrested in the crime has a history of substance abuse. NBC 7’s Omari Fleming reports.
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, has been arrested.
Hector Hoyt, 55, was booked into jail Wednesday night on a charge of felony hit and run causing death or injury.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, pedestrian Robert Fisher, 54, was struck and killed by the SDG&E truck while crossing the 200 block of Jamacha Rd. on Jan. 6. The truck fled, leaving Fisher lying in the middle of the street. Moments later, a second, separate vehicle accidentally ran over him again.
Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene. A report from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office said he lived a transient lifestyle in El Cajon.
On Wednesday night, SDG&E released this statement:
SDG&E continues to cooperate fully wire authorities of this tragic accident. The employee is no longer with our company.
Police said the SDG&E employee was not on the job at the time of the accident.
Court documents reveal Hoyt was convicted of driving under the influence in 2005. It's unclear if he was employed by SDG&E prior to his DUI conviction or if he was intoxicated the night he's accused in the hit and run.
Dan Gilleon, the family's attorney, says Fisher's mother was relieved to hear an arrest had been made. Still, he says the charge of felony hit and run isn't strong enough.
"In some ways, he's getting away with murder, getting away with manslaughter, and that's not fair," Gilleon said.
"People out there are going to think, oh, an SDG&E employee hit somebody, killed him, fled the scene, and now he's going to get a slap on the wrist because it's going to be a hit and run," he added.
Hoyt is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon. His bail is listed at $50,000.
On Wednesday, an SGD&E truck driven by an on-duty employee fatally struck a Shelltown woman as she was walking two young children to school. The children were also injured.