Passenger Dies After Falling Off of Golf Cart, Driver Flees the Scene

Passenger Dies After Falling Off of Golf Cart, Driver Flees the Scene

CANYON LAKE – A 49-year-old Canyon Lake man died after falling from a golf card on Friday night officials said. At around 10:40 p.m. Canyon Lake Police responded to the report that the man had fallen from the moving golf cart on Canyon Lake Drive S near Village Way Drive.

Through investigation, authorities learned that the man was a passenger who was standing in the golf cart as the driver, identified as Scott Sempson, 61, of Canyon Lake driver northbound on Canyon Lake Drive S. The man fell from the golf cart, struck his head and sustained major injuries. Sempson fled the scene prior to deputy arrival, but was located shortly after. Alcohol and drugs have not been ruled out as a possible factor in the incident. Sempson was arrested for Felony Hit and Run and was booked into jail.

The passenger was rushed to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The northbound lanes of Canyon Lake Drive South at Village Way Drive was closed for the investigation.  The city of Canyon Lake would like to remind people in this community not to drive impaired by drugs or alcohol. If you are caught doing so, you will go to jail.

Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Cail at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1068.

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  • Scott Sempson1: Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.