Motorcyclist killed near Verde Heights

Hit and run driver may have crashed later

A motorcyclist died of his injuries after a Saturday night hit-and-run collision on Arizona 89A in Cottonwood. The incident occurred in the westbound lane of the state highway near the Verde Heights Drive intersection. Witnesses at the scene stated that a white car struck the motorcycle from behind as the biker slowed to make a turn. The car then left the scene, continuing towards Clarkdale on Hwy. 89A.

The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Thomas Geno Scafidi, 32, of Glendale. Cottonwood Fire officials say he was in "bad shape," suffering from multiple lacerations and contusions. The rescue helicopter was not immediately available, and Scafidi was first taken to the Verde Valley Medical Center. When the helicopter was available, he was flown to the Flagstaff Regional Medical Center. He died at at the hospital at 11:54 p.m.

From witness statements and evidence at the scene, officers tentatively identified the vehicle involved as a 2000 to 2005 Monte Carlo. The information was given to area law enforcement and the DPS Ranger helicopter flew the area the following morning in an attempt to locate the vehicle abandoned in the area without success.

A white 2003 Monte Carlo was involved in a pursuit with a DPS unit Sunday in Prescott Valley that ended when the Monte Carlo crashed. Both occupants of the vehicle were flown to Phoenix due to injuries. Neither has been identified yet. An investigator from the Cottonwood Police Department inspected the Monte Carlo and found physical evidence to indicate that it is likely the vehicle involved in the fatal accident which occurred in Cottonwood.

Investigators from the Cottonwood Police Department are actively investigating this accident. Call the Cottonwood Police Department at 928-634-4246 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232

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