Jeffco sheriff's deputy killed in Highway 93 collision
Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed a Jeffco Sheriff's Office deputy on Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway Sunday, Jan 26.
The deputy was identified Monday, Jan. 27, as Sgt. David Baldwin, an Air Force veteran, who served 27 years in the sheriff's department.
At 10:05 a.m., Baldwin was traveling in the left northbound lane on his Harley-Davidson patrol motorcycle, entering a sweeping curve. A 2004 Saturn Vue SUV was traveling southbound through the curve when it crossed a double-yellow line, traveling into the northbound lanes and passing at least one vehicle. The Saturn collided head-on with the Harley-Davidson.
After the collision, Baldwin was thrown from the Harley-Davidson. Although he was wearing his helmet and eye protection, he sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to investigators, the Saturn's driver, 83-year-old Kenneth Hosch of Golden, was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to St. Anthony's hospital for treatment.
The roadway remained closed for hours Sunday, while the crash was investigated. Colorado State Patrol and the Critical Accident Response Team (CART) continue to investigate the specific circumstances surrounding the collision.
Drug and alcohol use are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash. Charges are pending against Hosch, following the crash scene investigation.
According to the Sherrif's Department Sgt. Baldwin began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996, and worked varying assignments in the Detentions Division, Civil and Fugitive Unit, Bomb Squad, Patrol Division, and most recent assignment to the Traffic/Motorcycle Unit.
Sgt. Baldwin served as a firearms instructor, driving instructor, and instructor for the Basic and Advanced Law Enforcement Motorcycle School.
“It takes a special kind of person to take an oath to protect and serve their community, and to constantly place the safety of others above their own,” Sheriff Ted Mink said. “Dave will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service, and his dedication to this community.”