CANYON LAKE: Man arrested for fleeing scene of deadly golf cart fall

CANYON LAKE – An apparent Friday night golf cart joyride ended with one man dead while another man remained jailed Sunday, Aug. 20, accused of a felony hit and run.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 10:40 p.m. Friday to the intersection of Canyon Lake Drive S and Village Way Drive after receiving a report that a person had fallen from a moving golf cart.

There, they found Roger Crocker, 49, of Canyon Lake suffering from a major head injury, said Sgt. Dan Marshall. Initial reports indicate that Crocker was standing in a golf cart while the driver drove northbound on Canyon Lake Drive S, he said.

Crocker was hospitalized but died about an hour later from his injuries, according to a coroner’s report.

The driver, Scott Sempson, 61, of Canyon Lake allegedly fled the scene before deputies arrived, but was apprehended a short time later.

Sempson was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta where he remained in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Investigators had not ruled out whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident, Marshall said.

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