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.
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"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.