Video: Kenneth Hosch, 83, behind wheel in crash that killed Jefferson County deputy

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Photos, video below.
How old is too old to drive?

The answer to that question is different for every individual. But we suspect the age and acuity of 83-year-old Golden resident Kenneth Hosch, seen here in a photo from his Facebook page, will be a factor examined by investigators with the Colorado State Patrol looking into a tragic crash yesterday -- one that took the life of a thus-far-unidentified Jefferson County deputy.

Photos, video and details below.

At 10:05 a.m. on January 26, according to the CSP, the deputy was traveling in the left northbound lane of Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway.

He was riding his Jefferson County Sheriff's Office-issued Harley Davidson amid a standard Sunday morning patrol, 7News reports.

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The scene of the crash, from 7News coverage.
As the deputy entered what's described as a sweeping curve, a southbound 2004 Saturn SUV attempted to negotiate this part of the roadway.

However, the Saturn crossed the double-yellow lane.

The SUV is said to have passed at least one vehicle before crashing head-on into the deputy's Harley.

The impact threw the deputy off his bike, and despite his helmet and eye protection, he suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hosch, the Saturn's driver, suffered only minor injuries; he was wearing a seat belt. Nonetheless, he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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Another shot from the scene.
The CSP has already confirmed that Hosch wasn't operating his vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs, and weather doesn't appear to have been a factor, either. While inclement weather entered the area later in the day, the conditions at the time of the accident were likely ideal.

At this point, charges against Hosch are said to be pending.

Look below to see a 7News piece about the crash. In the meantime, our condolences to the deputy's friends, family and loved ones.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa May 2012: "Jeremy Bitner update: Private funeral for officer killed by drunk driver Conner Donohue."

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72 comments
Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

" No, I drive 60 in a 55 like every other normal person" Then you clearly aren't driving anywhere near Denver metro, where the "normal" speed seems to be 85+ even construction zones. This just proves how much of a lying sack of shit you are.

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Ɓŕőķeʼn Ŀůʼnģz

So many people don't even pay attention or have any awareness of what's going on around them when they are walking around, let alone driving, which to me is scary considering we are all flying by each other at high speeds in giant ball of steel...so open your god damn eyes, and think about the people around you.

Deanna Angelo
Deanna Angelo

Your propensity to text while diving does not make you a safe driver, young man. Though that's the first time I've ever been coined a yuppie, which is pretty fucking funny. No, I drive 60 in a 55 like every other normal person not trying to use their car as a home office. Try reading, Sterling, you might be surprised at the meaning. Or perhaps this is a quick retort displaying your own guilt at being one of these assholes I call out. Just food for thought, clever one. ;)

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"This is simply because you all drive 5-10 under the speed limit....It's the one sign this isn't a real city-people in real cities have residents who are aware they're sharing the roads with others and wouldn't necessarily think they were the only one's whose schedule should matter." So says a self-entitled yuppie who likely drives 15-20 mph OVER the posted speed limit in the "slow" lane in a very aggressive manner like many other self-entitled asshats who believe that putting other drivers needlessly at risk with their selfish behavior is worth the few measly seconds they save arriving at their destination. #FirstWorldProblems

Chris Grainger
Chris Grainger

Operating a vehicle is a privilege not a right. There must be yearly tests

Chris Grainger
Chris Grainger

I saw an older woman who couldn't read her checkout card process at the grocery store in cherry creek proceed to get into a vehicle and operate at dangerous degrees of driving. There needs to be laws and implementations on the elderly and driving. If you can barely read, walk or even take care of yourself then there must be some form of accountability when operating a vehicle and putting thousands of people at risk.

ReganB
ReganB

Not convinced the driver was passing based on hear say- and some of those pics from the accident scene at the surface, tell a different story- this was a section of divided hwy with 2 double yellows. What interests me the most is the Jeffco DA investigation that is supposed to be transpiring into this accident as well. Very sad and tragic for the deputy and his family- but regardless of the forecasted nice weather for this one day... patrolling HWY 93 as a standard operating procedure in January for the Jeffco Sheriff's dept. motorcycle unit- might warrant some discussion as to whether or not he should have been on that bike.  Accidents/deaths are preventable- any organization at high risk behind the wheel knows that.

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

Those things have nothing to do with your body rotting away. Especially your sight.

Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow
Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow

This guy had other run ins with cops concerning his behavior in a car..... he's a menace. Just my opinion.

ebethcheese
ebethcheese

I would venture to guess that young drivers cause more accidents than older drivers.  Accidents happen for many reasons…let's not be too quick to judge.


Floyd Young
Floyd Young

Having a drivers license is a right until you do something stupid to have it removed

Floyd Young
Floyd Young

Youngsters and text/facebook kill more motorcyclists

J Jim Hayes
J Jim Hayes

The bigger question is 'Why hasn't Hwy 93 been made into 4 lanes by now?! It has been a busy thoroughfare for decades now!

Ralph Hansen
Ralph Hansen

Careful, both of your grandparents are 83.

jackcates9
jackcates9

Yes, some old people should NOT be drivers, However, My local newspaper has many cases of   (under 35 age)  drivers killing EVERY week, Jack Cates. Calgary, Canada

InTheBox
InTheBox

I drove a truck over the road for 10 years. Saw lots of fatal accidents. Teenagers are just as dangerous as old people. Maybe more. If you want to be 100% safe. Take the bus.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

ALL Colorado resident drivers create safety risks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Make Driver's Licenses as rigorous as Pilot's Licenses -- for everyone -- with bi-annual physical, medical and competency reviews.


That ought to eliminate and disqualify at least 50% of the losers and idiots on the roadways.





Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Sad, but the cop knew the significant dangers of riding a motorcycle. Part of the job description.

Deanna Angelo
Deanna Angelo

Yes, it's dangerous to have shaky semi blind drivers on the road. But I'm fairly sure all of you are the worst drivers in the country. This is simply because you all drive 5-10 under the speed limit. Not because you're safe drivers, but because you all are texting like assholes since it's somehow appropriate for the rest of us to wait behind you because you have no awareness that there are other people who have somewhere to go-and don't enjoy putzing behind you.

Kristina Jaramillo
Kristina Jaramillo

Being a young disabled woman with ms I haven't driven since 2007 as everyday my vision alters. My mother has MS had multiple accIdents before physicians did anything resulting in her arrest and a nightmare for my sick mother for days. Prayers for the driver and his family as this elderly man doesn't deserve further punishment as death upon another is haunting enough. ThIs could potentially cause awareness enough for the elderly and disabled have their vision regularly monitored if not further testing. Remember we can't control His plan and He knows everything.

Tom Spain
Tom Spain

The only reason this is even news is because he hit a worthless cop. Nobody would report it if a regular citizen was the victim.

Gregg S. Parrott
Gregg S. Parrott

Society needs to be more accommodating to the elderly. Get an affordable service going that drives people where they need to go.

Norman Dillon
Norman Dillon

He illegally crossed a double line to pass another vehicle and killed the police officer. I believe after 60 everyone should have to take a written, eye and road test. Having a drivers lic is not a right, it's a privilege.

Zan Svendsen
Zan Svendsen

Just more strict testing on a frequent basis for the elderly. While some have lost all awareness, others remain perfectly capable of driving.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

If you make a conscious decision to cross the double yellow lines in order to pass someone, you reap what you sow. Period. Age has zip to do with this.

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

Older drivers are a huge issue and it's next to impossible to get a drivers license removed from an incompetent older driver. Having said that, traffic enforcement is so focused on income driven citations like speeding in school zones ( easy pickings for patrolmen to sit with a radar gun) that more dangerous drivers on 93 and other roadways are missed.

Christine Kiddle-Fullerton
Christine Kiddle-Fullerton

Age can be a factor I'm sure, but deciding you are going to do whatever you want because you are in a hurry comes in all shapes and sizes and ages!

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Denver Westword - Eschweing real journalism or insightful conversatoin for bias. Every. Single. Time. Stay classy!

Mary Ella
Mary Ella

Yes. An elderly motorist has been at fault in two terrible accidents in which family members have been affected.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

All the time I hate to say it but pull anyone licence over 65

Michael P Lee
Michael P Lee

My parents were both killed instantly in an accident the fault of an elderly motorist. There should be more public transpiration for them but that would take a functioning government on both sides.

Noah Ronald
Noah Ronald

They should have breathylizers before their car starts? Fixodent or prune juice on your breath --- wait 2 hrs please

Hope Parker
Hope Parker

My father, who was 69 at the time, was killed by a young man in his 20's who was weaving in and out of traffic & crossing double yellow lines. The young man was later charged with vehicular homicide and went to jail in Tennessee for a mere 2 years. Therefore. I would like to suggest that reckless driving and disobeying traffic laws is the problem regardless of age.

Lori Maldonado Austin
Lori Maldonado Austin

Yes, I strongly believe they are at higher risk. I was blindsided by an elderly man who ran a red light and totaled my car. I sustained chronic injuries.

Dave Shuck
Dave Shuck

I reiterate, age is not the question. Poor decision making is. This is an apples to oranges comparison. The individual made a cognitive decision to pass someone in a double-yellow line. That reckless decision to cross that double yellow line is made every single day on Highway 93. Whether it was Methuselah or Tony Stewart behind the wheel, that's negligence and is subject to a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

It's a worthwhile question. I visited my late father a few years ago in the city he lived in and he insisted on driving me to visit friends at an old folks home one night. He was 83 at the time. I was terrified and insisted he pull over so I could drive. I tried and tried to get him to give up driving, worried he would injure or kill someone. He was too ill to drive a month or two later and, fortunately, no one was ever injured. It is not wrong to suspect older people, with bad eyesight, very slow reflexes and easily confused by the constant flow and change of traffic, should be VERY suspect when involved in traffic accidents. It happens all the time. Too often, in fact.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Very interesting post, Deanna. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing a very personal point of view, Kristina. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You make a very strong point, Gregg. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A very evenhanded post, Zan. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

No argument here, Christine. Thanks for the post.

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