Father of Infant Twins, Veteran Killed in Canyon Lake Hit-and-Run Crash

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The search continued Monday for the driver involved in a weekend hit-and-run crash in the Riverside County community of Canyon Lake that left a U.S. Army veteran and father of 8-month-old twins dead, authorities said.


U.S. Army veteran Scott Bolger, 32, was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Canyon Lake on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (Credit: Karen Bolger)

At 2:17 a.m. Saturday, Canyon Lake police officers responded to the 31000 block of Railroad Canyon Road for a report of a man down, according to a news release issued by the Canyon Lake Police Department.

Officers located Scott Bolger, 32, dead in the roadway, and physical evidence at the scene indicated he had been struck by a vehicle, officials said.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Bolger, who served in the Army for eight years, was at an area tavern with a friend before he started walking home, authorities said. Bolger stepped off the sidewalk and into the street when the vehicle struck and killed him, according to the news release. The driver did not remain at the scene, officials said.

Bolger was just blocks from his home.

“You don’t leave. You could’ve at least called for help. You don’t know that he could’ve still been alive,” Bolger’s wife, Karen, said. “There’s a fire station on the same street. Just a few minutes he could have had some help.”

Karen Bolger said she and her husband were high school sweethearts who recently expanded their family with the birth of their twins, Colt and Isabel.

The Bolger family hopes surveillance cameras in the area may have captured the fatal crash.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact Deputy Rabago at the Perris Sheriff’s Station at (951) 210-1000.

KTLA’s Kareen Wynter contributed to this report.