Former SDG&E worker arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run crash in El Cajon

Hector Hoyt booked into downtown jail

SAN DIEGO - A former San Diego Gas & Electric worker has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in El Cajon.

The watch commander for the Central Jail confirmed to 10News that Hector Hoyt was booked into the downtown jail just before 7 p.m. Wednesday on a charge of felony hit-and-run causing injury or death. Bail was set at $50,000.

El Cajon police say Hoyt was arrested without incident while driving away from his home on Cloverleaf Drive.

According to authorities, Hoyt was driving an SDG&E truck on Jan. 6 when he struck 54-year-old Robert Fisher as he crossed Jamacha Road in El Cajon.

A second driver reported seeing a man in the roadway but was unable to avoid running over him.

Fisher, a transient, died at the scene, authorities said.

Investigators determined that Fisher had earlier been struck by a white utility truck with a logo on it and a crane with a lift bucket in the cargo bed. Fisher was crossing the street mid-block when he was initially struck, authorities said. The second driver cooperated with police.

Based on evidence gathered during "extensive follow-up," investigators located the Ford 550 utility truck believed to have been involved in the crash and impounded it at an El Cajon home.

Neighbors told 10News the work truck was towed away with a large dent on the front and a damaged headlight.

The vehicle apparently was not being used on SDG&E business at the time of the crash, police said.

After searching court records, 10News learned that Hoyt pleaded guilty to DUI in 2005, when he blew a 0.10 in El Cajon.

Late Wednesday, SDG&E spokeswoman Michelle Nixon released the following statement to 10News:

"The accident involving Mr. Fisher was a terrible tragedy. SDG&E cooperated fully with the El Cajon Police Department with their investigation. Mr. Hoyt is no longer an employee of SDG&E."

Hoyt is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

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