Driver sentenced to community corrections in death of deputy

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By Ramsey Scott

The driver who struck and killed a Jeffco motorcycle deputy in January has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

Kenneth Hosch, 83, had pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide in the death of sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin. The community corrections sentence means Hosch avoids jail time and will be able to arrange day trips out of the facility.

Hosch has been talking with seniors about the hazards that can be involved with senior drivers, and the sentence will allow him to continue that work.  

“The court sent a valuable message today to both the defendant and the community,” District Attorney Peter Weir said in a news release. “The dangers of reckless driving and speed cost lives, and that won’t be tolerated. At the same time, our elder drivers and their families need to have those difficult conversations about when it may be necessary to limit or stop driving in the interests of everyone’s safety.”

Baldwin was patrolling on his motorcycle on Colorado 93 on Jan. 26 when Hosch's vehicle struck him head-on. Baldwin was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Hosch had been speeding and didn’t return to his lane after passing several cars. During the trial, Hosch told the judge he didn’t remember the accident. 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check www.columbinecourier.com for updates.