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Army vet-father killed in hit-and-run; leads sought

Authorities are investigating the hit-and-run death of a U.S. Army vet and father of 8-month-old twins in Canyon Lake over the weekend.

Scott Bolger, 32, of Lake Elsinore was found dead about 2:17 a.m. Saturday on Railroad Canyon Road, about 245 feet west of Canyon Lake Drive, according to Riverside County sheriff’s and coroner officials.

He was apparently struck by a passing vehicle when he stepped off the sidewalk and into Railroad Canyon Road, according to the sheriff's department. 

The driver did not remain at the scene as required by state law.

Investigators later determined that Bolger had been with a friend at a tavern before walking home.

Bolger’s wife, Karen, told KTLA that her husband had gone out with her brother and was a few blocks from the house when he was killed.

“We’re so heartbroken and in shock that this happened,” Bolger said.  “You don’t leave. You could’ve at least called for help."

Bolger said her husband had served in the Army for eight years. They were high school sweethearts.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the sheriff’s Perris Station at (951) 210-1000.

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