Elderly driver Kenneth Hosch accepts plea deal in crash death of Jeffco Sgt. David Baldwin

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Prosecutors said Kenneth Martin Hosch, an elderly man accused of driving over the center line and colliding head-on with a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle, killing the officer, pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide.

Hosch, 83, had passed another vehicle on Jan. 26, then crashed into Sgt. David Baldwin's motorcycle. Baldwin died.

Baldwin, a 27-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Hosch suffered minor injuries.

Hosch  was facing an additional charge of criminal negligent homicide for the crash, but prosecutors said that second charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Baldwin's family said they are relieved that they won't have to face a long trial.

"There's a lot of friends and family members I know who have had this discussion, where their parents have given up their license, because of what happened," said Baldwin's wife, Crystal.

Hosch could face several months to multiple years in prison when he is sentenced in August.

"At this time, some incarceration is appropriate. To extent and what manner, remains to be seen," said Peter Weir, First Judicial District Attorney.

"One of the things that's been very difficult for our family, is how to understand how his family could allow this to happen, when they know their father had a driving record problem," said Crystal Baldwin. "This is everybody's responsibility. If you think they're unsafe, you need to take steps to prevent them from driving."

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