EL CAJON, Calif. - Friends gathered Saturday to remember a 54-year-old man who died in a hit-and-run crash in El Cajon.
Robert Fisher was struck and killed while crossing Jamacha Road on Jan. 6. Investigators say he was hit by an off-duty San Diego Gas and Electric worker who was driving an SDG&E work truck. That man, Hector Hoyt, has since been fired and arrested on felony hit-and-run charges.
Fisher was homeless, but to anyone who knew him, it did not make him less of a person.
"I don't see people as homeless, I see them as displaced and people don't understand that," said friend Chella Beck.
On Saturday, friends gathered at Wells Park in El Cajon to remember the impact Fisher made in this world and on others.
"A lot of people loved him," said Beck. "He was very well respected."
Fisher's son, Jared Bye, told 10News that his father was a welder by trade. He says he became an alcoholic and lost everything when his wife died last year of multiple sclerosis.
"Still didn't deserve to be left like an animal or something … I mean, why didn't the dude stop?" said Bye.
Fisher's friends and fellow church members say he was kind and deserved a sendoff. They released balloons in his memory.
"He had a spirit out of this world," said friend Sharon Newburn. "He always told everybody he loved them."
Fisher's son told10News he is plans to take legal action against SDG&E and Hoyt in his father's death.