Hector Hoyt, 56, was emotional Monday when he was sentenced to 6 months of house arrest, 20 days of public work service and three years of probation.
Hoyt pleaded guilty in September to felony hit-and-run death of Robert Fisher.
Through witness interviews and reviews of surveillance video from businesses around the site of the January 6 collision, detectives identified Hoyt as the driver who fled after the SDG&E-owned Ford 550 struck Fisher in the 100 block of Jamacha Road.
After being hit and knocked to the roadway while crossing the street mid- block, the 54-year-old transient was struck by another vehicle. He died at the scene.
“He did not cause the accident and he is not responsible for the injuries,” said Russell Robins, Hoyt’s attorney. “To this day, he remembers the impact of that moment.”
Prosecutors said the problem wasn’t the accident, but what happened after.
“It’s his statement, ‘I knew I hit something’ and he went home,” said Deputy District Attorney George Moldin.
Moldin said Hoyt then tried to conceal the crime.
“His neighbors saw him for the very first time ever parking his SDG&E vehicle in the backyard concealing it from the street and washing that vehicle,” said Moldin.
The judge called Hoyt’s actions a bad decision and recognized he lost his job and that he was suffering from emotional distress.
“There isn’t a day I don’t think about Mr. Fisher. This has been a horrible, brutal year. I’m looking forward to 2015,” said Hoyt.
Fisher’s stepson was in the courtroom, but stormed out when dozens of SDG&E workers stood to give Hoyt support.