El Paso County deputy charged in crash that killed 2 people

FALCON, Colo. — An El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy is facing charges after a fatal crash that killed two people near Colorado Springs last month.

Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh, 29, of Colorado Springs, was charged with two counts of careless driving causing death and two counts of careless driving causing bodily injury.

On July 24, troopers say Linebaugh was trying to pass a truck in his patrol car near Falcon when he clipped an oncoming dump truck.

The dump truck slammed into a car, killing 75-year-old Kenneth Wuerfele and 71-year-old Dorothy Wuerfele of Peyton.

The driver of the dump truck, 64-year-old James Stutsman of Idaho Springs, was airlifted to the hospital.

According to a sheriff’s office release, the deputy has been on the force since 2012 and was a school resource officer. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending termination.

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