GOLDEN, Colo. — An 83-year-old man who caused a crash that killed a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to six years in community corrections Friday.
Kenneth Hosch of Golden pleaded guilty in June to a vehicular homicide. He was arrested after the crash that killed Sgt. David Baldwin on Highway 93 on Jan. 26.
Investigators said Hosch was speeding and crossed over into the northbound lane as he was driving southbound on Highway 93 to pass a vehicle. He collided head-on with Sgt. Baldwin, who was riding his deputy motorcycle.
The judge in the case said Hosch can only be released to conduct sessions where he educates other elderly drivers about the consequences of careless driving.
Hosch’s attorney argued his client should not serve jail time because he helped put together the education program.
The judge noted that Hosch has a bad driving record, and his sentence should serve as a further deterrent against the very thing Sgt. Baldwin worked during his career to try to prevent: careless driving that can result in killing or injuring people and changing lives forever.
The elderly man will serve his sentence in a halfway house.