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Scottsdale PD: Family taking sunset photo hit by possibly impaired man

Posted: 1:54 PM, Oct 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-28 04:19:44Z

Scottsdale police said impairment may have been a factor in a serious crash involving a family who stopped to take a sunset photo. 

Officers responded to the crash scene near 102nd Street and Happy Valley Road Friday night around 6:30 p.m. 

An SUV occupied by a husband, wife and child reportedly stopped on the dirt shoulder of the road to take a photo of the sunset, police say. At that time, a Jeep Grand Cherokee rear-ended the vehicle at a high rate of speed. 

The victim driver suffered life-threatening injuries and the child suffered minor injuries. The woman from the victim vehicle was not hurt. 

Police say the driver of the jeep, identified as 70-year-old Micheal DiFoggio, fled the scene on foot. After hours of searching, officers located and arrested DiFoggio on charges of aggravated assault, endangerment and leaving the scene of a serious injury crash. 

They believe alcohol impairment played a role in the crash.