EL CAJON (CNS) - An ex-San Diego Gas & Electric employee, charged with hit-and-run in the death of a pedestrian run over by one of the utility's trucks, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday and will proceed to trial.
Hector Hoyt, 56, faces up to four years in state prison if convicted.
"He agreed, he and his attorney, that there was enough evidence to bind this case over and agreed not to hold his hearing," Deputy District Attorney George Modlin, said.
Hoyt was arrested Jan. 22, posted $50,000 bail and was released the next day. He was employed by SDG&E at the time of the accident but no longer works there, according to the company.
Through interviews with several witnesses and reviews of surveillance video from businesses around the site of the accident, detectives identified
Hoyt was the driver who fled after the SDG&E-owned Ford 550 struck 54-year-old Robert Fisher in the 100 block of Jamacha Road in downtown El Cajon on the evening of Jan. 6, police said.
After being struck and knocked to the roadway while crossing the street mid-block, Fisher was hit by another vehicle, Lt. Randy Soulard said. The victim, a transient, died at the scene.
The second motorist stopped, called police and cooperated with investigators, according to Soulard. Detectives determined Fisher was hit by a white utility truck with a logo on it, and a crane with a lift bucket fitted into the cargo bed.
Fisher's mother says her family was left feeling shattered.
"I just jumped up and cried, I was waiting for him to maybe get married, maybe also have me a grandchild," Dianne Niemi, said.
They tracked the vehicle the next day to Hoyt's home in the 1100 block of Cloverleaf Drive in El Cajon home and impounded it. At the time of the crash, Hoyt was off duty, Soulard said.
An attorney is developing potential evidence including possible surveillance video to be used in a wrongful death claim against Hoyt and SDG&E. It's filed on behalf of Fisher's family. They believe Hoyt was drinking for several hours at his favorite hangout, an Outback Steakhouse.
Judge Daniel Goldstein scheduled a readiness conference for July 29 and set trial for Sept. 3.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
A two vehicle crash left one person critically injured Friday in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.
Some of the smartest high school students in San Diego County will be in Atlanta this weekend competing in the National Quiz Bowl Championship.
Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety today when they helped subdue and disarm a knife- waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.
An animal known as the San Quintin Kangaroo rat and native to Baja California is back from the brink of extinction.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis today encouraged those who haven't recently donated blood to consider scheduling an appointment.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is famous for its expansive habitats featuring African and Asian species. The all-new Walkabout Australia gives park guests a view into a new region of the world with interesting and unique species.