Settlement reached in Scottsdale police car collision litigation

The city of Scottsdale is proposing a settlement that will look to satisfy both sides in a court case involving a traffic accident in 2015.

The city council will decide upon the settlement during its Tuesday, Oct. 25 city council meeting. The settlement will require payment of $50,000 to Scottsdale Police Department Officer Wayne Crenshaw from Scottsdale residents Alexandria and Matthew Wolfe’s insurance carrier, according to a city staff proposal.

In return, the Wolfe family will agree to drop damage claims and the city will waive any lien it may have on Crenshaw’s recovery as well as any future credit it could collect, the proposal states. This case stems from a multi-vehicle collision that happened on Nov. 11, 2015.

According to the proposal, Mr. Crenshaw was assigned traffic enforcement and was pursuing a speeding vehicle in a police vehicle. At the intersection of Scottsdale and Jomax roads, Ms. Wolfe made a left turn and Mr. Crenshaw was unable to avoid a collision, the proposal states.

As a result of the collision, Mr. Crenshaw sustained serious injuries while Ms. Wolfe claimed she suffered chest and spinal cord injuries, according to the proposal.

Worker’s compensation paid for Mr. Crenshaw’s medical bills. But Ms. Wolfe claimed her medical bills have exceeded $100,000 to date, according to the proposal.

Originally, Ms. Wolfe demanded $1.2 million to settle her claim, the proposal states.

Following the accident, Mr. Crenshaw hired an attorney to pursue claims against the Wolfe family, filing his claim in Maricopa County Superior Court, the proposal states. The Wolfe family then filed a counterclaim that said Mr. Crenshaw was at fault because his emergency driving was not in compliance with state law, according to the proposal.

However, the proposal states that after financial disclosure by the Wolfe family and the city’s independent investigation, they only had $50,000 in their insurance coverage. According to the proposal, this led the city to believe the Wolfe family could not pay the full amount if Mr. Crenshaw and the city were to win the case.

If the city council approves the settlement, the city would not have to pay any money to the Wolfe family and would avoid any more costs that might come from lengthening the litigation, the proposal states.

City staff recommends the city approves the settlement.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at or at 623-445-2738

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