Golden man with long history of speeding, aggressive driving arrested in deputy's Highway 93 death

Investigator: Suspect driving 79 mph

GOLDEN, Colo. - An 83-year-old Golden man with a history of speeding and aggressive driving was arrested Monday in the death of a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sergeant.

Kenneth Martin Hosch was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide -- reckless driving and criminally negligent homicide in the January traffic death of Sgt. Dave Baldwin, according to court records.

A Colorado State Patrol investigator said Hosch was driving his 2004 Saturn Vue southbound on Highway 93 on the morning of Jan. 26 when he aggressively passed a car in the legal passing lane, but continued across the yellow line into the northbound lane and was going 79 mph when he collided with Baldwin, who was on motorcycle patrol.

Baldwin suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a 27-year veteran of the department.

Hosch was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and suffered minor injuries.  He told investigators at the hospital that Baldwin had driven into his lane and hit him, but skid marks at the crash scene showed the collision happened in Baldwin's lane.

Witnesses said Hosch was in a no-passing zone, across a double yellow line for nearly 1,500 feet before impact. Other witnesses told investigators Hosch was speeding and driving aggressively before the crash.

Hosch has a long history aggressive driving and speeding, according to records reviewed by investigators: 

-He rear-ended a vehicle towing a trailer on Highway 93 that had stopped for a light on July 26, 2013

-He rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 93 in 2010 after it stopped for a red light

-He was ticketed for speeding 52 in a 35 mph zone in Morrison in March 2012

-He was ticketed for speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone on Highway 93 in Golden in Dec. 2010

-He was issued a Jefferson County summons for speeding 72 mph in a 55 mph zone in 2009

-He was issued a summons in Jefferson County in 2007 for failure to signal -- a plea bargain after he was stopped for speeding 65 mph in a 40 mph zone

-And he was issued a summons in Jefferson County in 2005 for speeding 64 mph in a 45 mph zone

Bond for Hosch has been set at $10,000. 

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