Ex-SDG&E worker who killed homeless man won’t go to jail

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EL CAJON, Calif. – A former San Diego Gas & Electric worker who killed a man while driving a work truck and then drove off in January won’t go to jail for the crime.

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.


  • Ron

    This pos knew he hit someone!! Our justice system is a fcking joke!!! You do more time for fcking drug offenses than killing someone!!

  • Dirty Mike

    It’s nice the government doesn’t value homeless people as much as working people, and this piece of shit scum bag killed someone with his truck went home and tried to hide the evidence and doesn’t get any jail time? Welcome to America

    • EducateYourself

      “What about that mans family?!?!? The ones that left him to live on the street?!?!? Are you kidding me? They all of a sudden appeared out of nowhere when the personal injury lawyer tracked them down to tell them that SDG&E was involved and they could get money.

  • EducateYourself

    The police report is a public document. Educate yourself and stop verbalizing your ignorance. A drunk and drugged person, not in a crosswalk, in the dark (no street light) was struck as he was not seen. When he immediately returned to the scene Mr. Hoyt saw nothing. He didn’t leave anyone in the street to die. This was a tragedy both for Mr. Fischer and Mr. Hoyt. Both were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • lester

    San Diego has nearly the highest electricity cost in the USA. Sempra Energy, SDGEs parent company, just built a brand new billion dollar headquarters funded by rate payers. Sempra’s CEO makes 50 million per year. SDGE’s president and CEO make nearly make that much.

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