GOLDEN, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s motorcycle deputy killed in a collision Sunday morning was identified on Monday as Sgt. David Baldwin.
Baldwin, an Air Force veteran who served with the JeffCo Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, died when his bike collided with an oncoming SUV, the Colorado State Patrol reported. The SUV driver is thought to have crossed over a double-yellow line and stuck the deputy head-on.
“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,” said Sheriff Ted Mink. “Dave will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service, and his dedication to this community.”
The deputy was traveling northbound on Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway in Golden, about 10:05 a.m., CSP said. As the deputy entered a sweeping curve, a 2004 Saturn Vue heading south reportedly crossed the double yellow line into the deputy’s lane, resulting in a head-on collision, CSP said.
Baldwin was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though he wore a helmet and eye protection, he died at the scene, according to CSP.
“It’s hard to talk about it because (Baldwin) meant so much to this organization,” Mink said. “He’s been here a significant amount of time, he obviously had a lot of friends here. I’ve never met a more professional caring guy so that’s what’s tough.”
The driver of the Saturn, 83-year-old Golden resident Kenneth Hosch, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors in the case. The roadway was closed for hours while police investigated the accident before reopening about 8 p.m.
“(Dave) liked absolutely nothing more than serving others and improving, empowering and helping every citizen or fellow officer he ever came in contact with. He was a gift and a blessing,” the Baldwin family said in statement Monday. “Those who knew Dave considered it a privilege.”
“It’s a huge loss,” Mink said of the incident. “There’s over 800 employees here at the Sheriff’s Office and (Baldwin) was an integral part of this organization. That’s all I can say.”