Photos: Kenneth Hosch, 83, busted in crash that killed Sergeant Dave Baldwin
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.
Photos, videos 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.
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.
Deputy Dave Baldwin was a 27-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
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.
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:
• 2005: Issued a summons for traveling at 64 MPH in a 45 zone.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.
• 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.
Here's a larger look at Hosch's mug shot, followed by a 7News report and our latest coverage.
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.