Son of hit-and-run victim Robert Fisher says arrest of SDG&E driver Hector Hoyt is not enough

Hoyt fired by utility

EL CAJON, Calif. - The son of a man allegedly struck by a San Diego Gas & Electric employee in a hit-and-run crash said the arrest of that worker is a relief, but he is hoping for additional charges.

Jared Bye showed 10News a photo of him -- when he was 7 years old -- sitting on the shoulder of the man he called his dad, his stepfather Robert Fisher.

More than two weeks ago, Bye learned Fisher was struck and killed while crossing Jamacha Road outside of a crosswalk in El Cajon around 10 p.m.

On Wednesday night, police arrested 55-year-old Hector Hoyt on felony hit-and-run charges in connection with the Jan. 6 incident.

Police said Hoyt was off duty but driving an SDG&E work truck when he allegedly hit Fisher and drove off. Another vehicle then hit Fisher, but that driver stopped.

"It doesn't even seem real ... Just a lot of sadness. It's hard to describe," said Bye.

Bye said his father was a welder by trade who worked hard to care for his wife, who was stricken with multiple sclerosis.

Last year, when she passed, Bye said Fisher fell apart. He was homeless and battled alcoholism. Homeless at times himself, Bye could do little to help.

10News reporter Michael Chen asked, "Your father was an alcoholic. Some will assume he was drunk that night and darting into traffic."

"We don't know what happened that night, but he didn't deserve to be left to die like an animal. Why didn't the dude stop?" said Bye.

After searching court records, 10News learned that Hoyt pleaded guilty to DUI in 2005.

Hoyt didn't say much when 10News knocked on his door several weeks ago.

When 10News went back to his home Thursday, after his bail was posted, he wasn't there.

Bye plans a lawsuit again Hoyt and SDG&E.

"I think he (Hoyt) looked at him and said, 'He's a homeless guy, who cares? I'm going to get out of here and save my job,'" said Dan Gilleon, Bye's attorney.

Bye hopes more witnesses will come forward, likely necessary for prosecutors to consider adding a charge of manslaughter.

"I want justice for my dad," said Bye. "My girlfriend is expecting in June and my dad will never get a chance to meet his grandchild."

Hoyt, who has been fired from SDG&E, is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

10News emailed questions about Hoyt's DUI to SDG&E, but the utility declined to talk specifics, citing privacy issues.

However, the company said, "SDG&E follows all Department of Transportation regulations. Drivers are required to maintain appropriate licensure for the kinds of vehicles that they drive."

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