SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – An off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's Office lieutenant who was working traffic control in Scottsdale has died after being struck by a driver late Wednesday morning.
The Scottsdale Police Department is investigating the incident on McDowell Road between Granite Reef and Pima Road. MCSO says 47-year-old Lt. Chad Brackman, a 22-year veteran with MCSO, was hit while out of his car and working traffic control off duty. "The impact was so severe that although he was transported here to Scottsdale Osborn (Medical Center) where they did everything within their powers to try to save his life, it was unsuccessful," Sheriff Paul Penzone said.
Details regarding how Brackman was hit were not immediately available. Brackman was a member of MCSO's Lake Patrol division. "We have again lost a very important member, not only of our community, but of the law enforcement community, a very good man," said Penzone.
The driver that struck Brackman was hurt in the crash and sent to the hospital, according to Scottsdale's chief of police. The identity of the driver has not been released.
Video from Arizona's Family news chopper showed two wrecked vehicles, one of them with the driver’s side door open. That vehicle was in the driveway of a parking lot. The other vehicle was on the side of the road several feet ahead.
McDowell Road was closed between those two intersections while Scottsdale officers investigated on Wednesday morning. Police say McDowell Road has reopened since the investigation. For the latest road conditions, click here.
Brackman leaves behind a wife, two children, two stepchildren and a very big family, whom Penzone says are now heading to Arizona from out of state. "As always the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the men and women will stand strong and stand tall, and although we will feel this very deeply and suffer from it, we will not be broken, but we will mourn heavily the loss of our friend and family member," Penzone said.
A car wash is planned for Friday to raise money for the Brackman family. It'll be at Cobblestone Auto Spa in Scottsdale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.