Golf course crash injures Sonoma man

A Sonoma man remained hospitalized Tuesday with injuries he suffered after losing control of his van and driving off the road onto Sonoma Golf Club.

Mark Lyon, 61, was in good condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

CHP is still investigating what caused Lyon to lose control of his 2000 Chevrolet Astro van, Officer Marc Renspurger said.

Early Friday afternoon, Lyon pulled out from a driveway at Altamira Middle School on Arnold Drive. For some reason, he drove across the thoroughfare and ran off the roadway onto Sonoma Golf Club property. He drove about 500 feet over golf course fairways and at least one sand trap before stopping, Renspurger said.

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