Suspect arrested after causing serious collision, fleeing scene in Scottsdale

Michael DiFoggio (photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

Two members of a family were injured after a vehicle ran in to their parked SUV, on the side of a road in Scottsdale.

On Friday, Oct. 26, Scottsdale police officers responded to a serious injury traffic collision at 102nd Street and Happy Valley Road.

Officers learned that the victim’s SUV vehicle was occupied by a family, with the husband driving, wife in front passenger seat and their juvenile son in the backseat.

According to police officials, victim vehicle was headed eastbound, and it pulled off the road on to a dirt shoulder so the wife in the passenger seat could take a photo of the sunset. A short time later, a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV rear-ended the victim vehicle at a high rate of speed, police officials say.

The victim driver sustained life-threatening injuries and the juvenile passenger sustained minor injuries, police say.

Both victims were transported to area hospitals; the wife was uninjured.

The driver of the Jeep, who was identified as 70-year-old Michael DiFoggio, fled the scene on foot.

After a four-hour search, DiFoggio was found and arrested on charges to include aggravated assault, endangerment and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, police say.

Alcohol impairment is being investigated as a factor in the collision.

The Scottsdale Police Department reminds motorists not to drink and drive. The best choice a person can make, should they plan on consuming alcoholic beverages, is to find another form of transportation that does not involve operating a motor vehicle.

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