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Man Sentenced to Prison for Fatal Hit-and-Run in Encinitas

Joseph Ricardo Fernandez, 46, was sentenced to three years in state prison Monday after being convicted of a July of hit-and-run causing death to a bicyclist near Leucadia State Beach.

A motorist who struck a bicyclist near Leucadia State Beach in Encinitas, then left the scene, was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison.

Joseph Ricardo Fernandez, 46, of Carlsbad of hit-and-run causing death.

James Swarzman  when he was struck from behind about 1 a.m. on April 10 in the 1200 block of North Coast Highway 101, said sheriff's Sgt. Mark O'Connor.

The driver of the Dodge Ram 1500 did not stop, and the 47-year-old Encino resident died several hours later at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

, came forward the next day to say he believed he might have been involved in the crash, O'Connor said.

Bill Schwab September 13, 2011 at 01:13 PM
I feel bad for both of these peoples families. Why was someone riding a bicycle which most likely had no lights at one in the morning;? bf why did the driver leave the scene? We need to pass more laws limiting liability if bicycks disobey laws.
Biker395 September 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Wonderful. You just *assume* the cyclist had no lights? Jim had TWO enormously bright tail lights on his bike, a great headlight, and he was riding with two other cyclists who were similarly lit. All three were friends of mine. He was no fool and no amateur. What happened is that Mr. Fernandez (likely drunk, but we'll never know because he fled) simply hit him and left him to die in the street. Jim had NO fault in this whatsoever.
Adub October 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
That's why you don't ride at night on a stretch of road with a ton of bars on it!

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