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.