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Photos: Kenneth Hosch, 83, busted in crash that killed Sergeant Dave Baldwin

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Photos, videos below.
Update: Late last month, we told you about the Highway 93 crash involving Kenneth Hosch, age 83 -- an incident that killed Dave Baldwin, a veteran Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sergeant; see our previous coverage below.

Now, after the better part of a month, Hosch has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. We've got specifics about the accident, as well as Hosch's driving record, which has been extremely checkered over the past decade. See photos, video and more below.

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Sergeant Dave Baldwin was a 27-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Just after 10 a.m. on January 26, according to the First Judicial District Attorney's Office, Hosch, a resident of Golden, was driving southbound on Highway 93 in the vicinity of 68th Avenue -- and doing so as what court records characterize as a high rate of speed.

Around that time, Hosch is said to have zoomed up behind a car traveling more slowly than his, then passed it in an "aggressive manner," albeit in a spot where the yellow center line is dashed -- meaning the maneuver was presumably legal.

Problem is, investigators believe Hosch didn't return to his lane after passing the other car. Instead, he allegedly stayed to the left of the yellow line for around 1,500 feet. Witnesses cited by 7News said this route took him well into a no-passing zone marked by double-yellow center lines.

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An image from after the crash, courtesy of 7News.
An instant later, Hosch's car smashed into Baldwin, who was traveling northbound as part of his on-duty patrol of the area.

The speed at which Hosch's vehicle was traveling is estimated at between 70 and 79 miles per hour. The speed limit for most of Highway 93 tops out at 55.

Baldwin died as a result of his injuries.

Afterward, Hosch, who was wearing a seat belt and suffered only minor injuries, reportedly claimed that he'd been in the proper lane and Baldwin had drifted into his path. But skid marks told a different story.

Weeks later, authorities arrested Hosch on suspicion of vehicular homicide and criminally negligent homicide -- the most serious driving-related charges leveled against him to date, but hardly the only ones. Here's a chronological roster of his citations over the past nine years as assembled by 7News:

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Baldwin with Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink.
• 2005: Issued a summons for traveling at 64 MPH in a 45 zone.

• 2007: Issued a summons for traveling 65 MPH in a 40 zone -- a citation he plea-bargained down to a failure-to-signal offense.

• 2009: Issued a summons for traveling 72 MPH in a 55 zone.

• 2010: Issued a summons for traveling 57 MPH in a 45 zone and cited in a separate matter for rear-ending another vehicle. Both incidents took place on Highway 93.

• 2012: Issued a summons for traveling 52 MPH in a 35 zone.

• 2013: Issued a summons for rear-ending a trailer on Highway 93.

Bond for Hosch was set at $10,000, and while he hasn't been officially charged at this point, he's already got his first court date, on March 6.

Here's a larger look at Hosch's mug shot, followed by a 7News report and our latest coverage.

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Kenneth Hosch.

Continue for our previous coverage of the fatal crash involving Kenneth Hosch and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dave Baldwin, including photos and video.



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39 comments
Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

That one of the great things about living in Colorado; you can get as many DUIs as you please and there's no point at which the courts simply lock you up for being a danger to society. Isn't that terrific?

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

Whats the big deal? When your number is up, it's up! The man died doing his job! It's a good death! An honorable death! It's how we live that's important! The man lead a good honorable life! Let's remember that!

Christopher Drobnick
Christopher Drobnick

A very tragic end to a public servants life all because the courts dropped the ball. I was one of 3 Samaritans that day that offered first aid and CPR. Ive done my share of jail time for driving violations dui, habitual traffic offender status. When judge Jackson said I was amenable i didnt understand. ( doesn't respond to treatment) they locked me up for mine and public safety. How did this guy continue to have a DL? Mandatory jail time for serious infractions first offense. Send a msg that driving is not a right its a privilege

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

I know what you mean about the family to decide. I am the one that lived nearest my dad. I could see that he was not the best driver out here and after one of his hospital stays, after talking with a couple of my siblings, I did take his keys away. But, dad whined and complained to my siblings and I was told to give dad his keys back. We did. And later my siblings would complain that dad was still driving ad someone really should take the keys away. SMH They all live out of state and only came to visit once or so a year.

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

Not only retake the exam, but take BOTH the written AND driving exams. My dad was a police officer and he would get after family for driving when they got older and were not safer, but dad would not give up his license and he got very mad at us kids when the family Dr took it away, telling dad that he loved him as a friend too much to let him continue to drive. Up to almost the day he died (not from driving, but from cancer) at 93, he still was mad at me and my siblings for taking away his license and selling his car

Alexandra Lesha Reeves Jones
Alexandra Lesha Reeves Jones

Were does a 83 year old need to be in such a hurry? I always see older men driving like its there last conquest of life. Scary

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If this hadn't been a COP that was killed, they would never have charged him for killing an ordinary civilian.


More pathetic Special Rights for Pigs.


Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Sorry to hear of your losses! I agree with what you're saying!

Richard Daugherty
Richard Daugherty

Based on the # of incidents his license should have been suspended. I think if it had been a 17 year old they would have for sure. This guy was a ticking timebomb.

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

I did a paper about this exact topic a few years ago. I think there should be an age that your license is no longer valid. What should happen is at lets say 70 you cannot operate a vehicle, but are allowed to get free passes with public transportation. There should also be resources for senior citizens so they don't have to drive that are especially for the elderly. Testing should begin at 65 and should be renewed yearly. What this would do is bring in money to government though DMV, and would create such a hassle that the elderly would rather take the bus. It would cost in public transportation but would save money in car accidents.


I have been almost hit many times crossing at cross walks by elderly and they just drive by like they didn't even see me. I have seen more car accidents from elderly than with any other age group. They need to be off the road.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Please tell me he is a Colorado Born resident so you morons can get off the "transplants & out of towners" cause accidents considering were are your tourism bread & butter which short of that Is all this state has to offer for revenue.

Scott Santeramo
Scott Santeramo

Great question and honestly I don't really know. There were no accidents, but wasn't with him everyday to gauge his skills. As soon as he got his license he ended up driving out to Iowa to go live. Took him 3 days to get there. 84 year old man, no cell phone, packed up belongings, and just went on a road trip. Gotta love that spirit right? He ended up going physically down hill fast and died last May. The fact of the matter though is he was physically weak, hadn't driven in 4 years, and without really any questioning by DMV or the insurance company...gave him his license and insurance. I find that...questionable. At this point, it's really up to the family and/or friends to decided what is best for the person and other drivers as well. Which is really scary actually in my opinion.

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

No, age is a factor. I don't allow my grandmother to drive anymore, I take her where she needs to go. I love her, but she's a danger to herself and others on the road. Her eyesight and reflexes aren't what they were. She often rides the line, instead of choosing a lane. She couldn't pass a driving exam now, so she can't be on the road. Age is a factor, it's not discrimination, it's (apparently) for the safety of everyone.

Mary Manning Schumacher
Mary Manning Schumacher

When I lived in England they issued you a license that was good until your seventieth birthday and then you must take a test again.

Mary Manning Schumacher
Mary Manning Schumacher

I thought there was a points system. How did this guy manage to have so many accidents in a few years and not lose his license? Nothing to do with age either, he was just a terrible, inconsiderate, incompetent driver.

George White
George White

Hmmmmm...maybe they should have considered suspending his license years ago when the traffic infractions first started piling up. Then the officer might not be dead. Too little too late.

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

Where was the cop parked? I see them in the road more oftennnow

Ken Lord
Ken Lord

I don't think it has anything to do with age, bad drivers are given way too many breaks. At some point (earlier) the state needs to recognize that sometimes revoking a drivers license needs to be dealt with as a public safety issue, even if they don't want to consider it as a punitive action.

Robert Burrows
Robert Burrows

If he wouldnt have hit a cop they wouldnt be going after him so hard. the ol american double standard!

James Gold
James Gold

I'm sure it would be heartbreaking to see a loved one lose that little piece of freedom. :(

Bree Davis
Bree Davis

My dad is close to having his driving PRIVILEGE removed. He's 70 this year.

Scott Santeramo
Scott Santeramo

I never thought about this until my Father got up there in age. He was in and out of the hospital, nursing home, and assisted living and didn't drive for about 4 years. He got better and wanted to drive again. I fought him on this and tried to say "no" and said he would have to prove to me that he could actually be safe and maneuver through traffic ok. He went down to the DMV and BAM gave him his license back like that. No drivers test...just pay the fee and here's your brand new shiny license. I was shocked to say the least. And getting insurance was a piece of cake too? The state and even insurance companies could give a rip about the safety of driving out there. Which actually gave me quite the shock to be honest. YES, I would fully support driving tests on a somewhat consistent basis for anyone over 70.

Traci Thompson
Traci Thompson

He' seems like the type that would have kept driving license or not.

David Capell
David Capell

2007 May 31, 2007 EXHIBITION DRIVING October 23, 2007 RENEWAL REGISTRATION DURING ASSIGNED MONTH 2008 January 19, 2008 CERTAIN OPERATORS REQUIRED WEAR SEAT BELTS April 26, 2008 FAILURE TO MAKE PROPER STOP AT STOP INTERSECTION June 18, 2008 SPEEDING ON OTHER ROADWAYS (89mph in a 55mph zone) 2009 February 14, 2009 NO MOTORCYCLE DRIVER LICENSE February 14, 2009 OPERATE MOTORCYCLE WITHOUT PROPER EYE PROTECTION May 1, 2009 SPEEDING ON OTHER ROADWAYS (55mph in a 40mph zone) August 17, 2009 POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR September 8, 2009 MAKING UNREASONABLE NOISE September 8, 2009 SEAT BELT VIOLATION September 11, 2009 UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE BY RESTRICTED LICENSEE October 1, 2009 WARNING TICKET VIOLATION October 8, 2009 FAIL TO COMPLY WITH OFFICER November 3, 2009 NO DRIVERS LICENSE 2010 May 8, 2010 OBSTRUCT POLICE,JAILER OR FIREFIGHTER August 17, 2010 FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY August 17, 2010 CARELESS DRIVING September 5, 2010 FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY November 2, 2010 ENTERING OR REFUSING TO LEAVE November 5, 2010 FAILURE TO STOP AT SIGNAL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER November 5, 2010 ARTIFICIAL LIGHT/NIGHT VISION November 5, 2010 UNPROTECTED GAME, NO LICENSE, RESIDENT November 9, 2010 DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED (NOT REVOKED) LICENSE 2011 May 7, 2011 OBEY TRAFFIC DEVICE UNLESS DIRECTED BY POLICEMAN May 7, 2011 POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR June 5, 2011 MUNICIPAL SPEEDING (41mph in a 30mph zone) June 5, 2011 NO MOTORCYCLE DRIVER LICENSE July 24, 2011 DISORDERLY CONDUCT October 17, 2011 SPEEDING ON OTHER ROADWAYS (105mph in a 65mph zone) October 17, 2011 DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED (NOT REVOKED) LICENSE December 29, 2011 DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED (NOT REVOKED) LICENSE 2012 January 15, 2012 DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE-1ST OF March 31, 2012 DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE-1ST OF (Actually 2nd) May 10, 2012 DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED (NOT REVOKED) LICENSE May 10, 2012 SEAT BELT VIOLATION May 10, 2012 MUNICIPAL SPEEDING (48mph in a 35mph zone) May 23, 2012 DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED (NOT REVOKED) LICENSE July 17, 2012 FAILURE TO APPEAR – MISDEMEANOR July 2, 2012 NO DRIVERS LICENSE September 22, 2012 FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY October 4, 2012 DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE-3RD OF 2013 January 8, 2013 OPERATE VEHICLE PRIVATE LAND July 16, 2013 NO DRIVERS LICENSE July 16, 2013 SPEEDING ON OTHER ROADWAYS (75mph in a 65 mph zone

Valerie Cardenas
Valerie Cardenas

F&$k that guy! He deserves to finish out his life in prison for selfishly taking another life like he did.

James Gold
James Gold

In college, I wrote a paper where I pitched the idea of regular driving exams for people once they hit retirement age. My professor told me that the idea was ageism. I argued that no, it's a basic fact of life that the older you get the more your reflexes slow down and your motor skills deteriorate. I'm not sure why anyone would consider the idea discriminatory-- we're talking common sense here. Until something is done, these tragedies will only continue.

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

Yes, many elderly drivers are a danger to themselves and others! I like what ^ he said. Retesting should be manditory for older folks.

Erin Kolsky
Erin Kolsky

I think at 65 drivers should be required to retake their divers exam every 5 years. After 80, every year. Both of my grandfathers were in serious accidents, one fatal. Both their faults. One was 68, the other was 88. Neither should have had a license.

carlray
carlray

i have seen some older guys drive fast 20 to 40 miles over the speed limited and others drive 10 mph in a 45 to 55 zone i think some don't care others are scared cuss of all the insane drivers and some are losing there minds others may have trouble seeing my wife's Grandma is turning 86 as soon as her eye site starting to go last year she gave her car to my wife's mom and dad and refuses to drive for safety of other drivers that is responsibility.

carlray
carlray

@ryan.nino303 grant you some need to have there DL removed depending on the situation but we had a member of our church still driving great cuss i followed her one time going the same direction she was at the time 100 just celbrated her b day. so it all depends on the drivers like everyone else as i said above my wifes grandma as soon as her site starting going she stoped driving and gave her car to my wifes mom and day a car btw she just paid 50k for a year earlyer.

PsychopathFactory
PsychopathFactory

Agreed. The next time a cop kills a kid with his car while blowing through intersections chasing some petty criminal, he should go to prison for life. Quit the hero worship. It makes you look really dumb and clueless.

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