Given all the roadways in San Diego and the cities that surround it, accidents occur on a daily basis. Many of the accidents involve pedestrians, too, as there are countless areas where they and vehicles cross paths. However, San Diego is also notoriously bad when it comes to pedestrian deaths for this reason. Numbers from back in 2011 showed that the city was over twice the national average for this type of fatality, which was affecting 4.9 out of 100,000 people at the time.
Nonetheless, a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian this past January was especially odd. That’s because the man who perpetrated it was driving a San Diego Gas and Electric truck when it happened. Eric Hoyt, 56, was behind the wheel of the utility truck when he struck Robert Fisher, 54, on the 100 block of Jamacha Road located in downtown El Cajon back on January 6th. Sadly, after the initial impact, Fisher was then struck again by a second vehicle; he had been crossing the roadway mid-block when the accident occurred and was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports identified Fisher as a transient.
The driver who was second to hit Fisher immediately stopped and called authorities. Thanks to witnesses and cameras at the scene, Hoyt was later caught. He had actually been off-duty when driving it, but authorities were able to track the vehicle back to his home, where they promptly impounded it.
Last week, on September 3rd, Hoyt pled guilty to felony hit-and-run. In November, he will be sentenced and could face up to three years in prison.
Obviously, you never want to commit a hit-and-run, but if you should find yourself in such a position, be sure to get legal representation as soon as possible. Even if you don’t commit the crime, but do find yourself in Hoyt’s original position, check on the victim, dial 911 and then seek legal assistance.