Scott Saffell, Tempe Police Officer, Dies on Personal Motorcycle After Ahwatukee Collision

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Scott Saffell

Tempe police officer Scott Saffell, 40, died yesterday afternoon in Ahwatukee after his personal motorcycle collided with a car that made a left-hand turn in front of him.

This is one reason riding a motorcycle is risky: Other drivers. And the "car-makes-left-turn" collision is one of the most feared by riders.

Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos tells us that police aren't sure why the 24-year-old driver of the Chrysler sedan didn't yield to Saffell, who had been riding southbound on 48th Street when she attempted to make a left turn near Elliot Road. By all appearances, he says, it looks like a tragic accident.

The woman's name isn't being released at this time, Martos says. She doesn't seem to have been impaired on drugs or alcohol, and Saffell wasn't speeding.


"Her claim is she simply didn't see him," he says.

Saffell had been wearing a leather jacket and helmet. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still reviewing the case, but police could end up seeking an "enhanced" failure-to-yield criminal traffic charge because the victim died, Martos says.



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mavwoo
mavwoo

Wow thats really messed up man. Dumb chick was prolly too busy texting to notice the bike!anon-tools.it.tc

be -fair
be -fair

some of us know the young lady who is neither dumb or a "chick".  It was a tragic acciedent.  She gets to live with it too.

Jeannie Kelley
Jeannie Kelley

as a rider for thirty years,i've seen and been a victim of "not seeing him" accidents.I havent been in the saddle for five years,but just driving a car is bad enough.the reason? texting and cellphones!!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jeannie, you make a very valid point. Defensive driving has become even more difficult over the past ten or fifteen years as cell phone usage while driving has increased. John, riding a motorcycle is even more of a challenge now, and can be less enjoyable, because of the increased 'distracted driving' of cagers. Interestingly, I ride bikes on the road occasionally and I have to watch as carefully for cars then as I do when riding my BMW... in any case it's always best to just assume that other driver is going to do the stupidest thing possible. At least then you have a shot at surviving.

BostankyKanky
BostankyKanky

Accident here. Nothing to see. Move on. She walks.

117
117

Scott it was an honor to work with you. You will be greatly missed

Shawna_dawn7165
Shawna_dawn7165

I agree with you it truely was an honor to work with Scott he was a great man.

John
John

Manslaughter, second degree, five years, no early release. There, wasn't that easy? Don't even need a trial....

Vic
Vic

Five years?  For an accident??  No way!

Ellie
Ellie

An accident is a tree falling on you.

Not paying attention when driving and killing someone as a result is not an accident.  Motorcycles are not invisible.  

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

"Enhanced" failure to yield?    If it's an accident and she wasn't impaired then what's the sense in making it an extra special accident?    It's a tragedy but people on motorcycles take that risk of not being seen.    I hope this isn't because he was a cop.   

John
John

Really? We "take that risk of not being seen."  By whom? You idiots in cars that are speeding, not buckled in, not signaling, not watching the road and road conditions, texting, calling, eating, smoking, writing? Driving any machinery on the road is a privilege, not a right. It's inherently dangerous. Ergo, traffic laws, safety signals, insurance. But your idiotic mindset is that only motorcyclists have to watch out. Just terrific. Now we know where the danger really is.

Mene Tekel
Mene Tekel

While I don't disagree with you, you still sound like a dick. Maybe you should just take the bus.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Walter, I agree with you. It's certainly a tragedy but I don't think it should be enhanced because the victim was a police officer.

GUest!
GUest!

Its because someone died. I know you longhairs love to get on your hate a cop box, but it says pretty clearly why they would enhance it.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

How do you know there are no aggravating factors? (ignoring that a person lost their life, which seems aggravating on it's face)

Show a little respect to the family of the descendent and quell your ignorant comments on this thread. You don't know anything more about this investigation than what the media has given you, making you a very uninformed (expert.). God Speed to those immediately affected by this tragedy.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I'm a retired cop, amigo. I don't see the need for the enhanced charge, period. There were no aggravating factors such as alcohol or drug impairment, apparently. And, my hair is short, by the way..

Eleanor
Eleanor

RIP Officer Saffell.  Prayers for your family and your brothers and sisters in blue. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Nice gesture, Eleanor. Thanks for your thoughts....

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