Motorcycle deputy killed in head-on collision in Golden

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- A Jefferson County Sheriff’s motorcycle deputy was killed Sunday morning when his bike collided with an oncoming SUV, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

The deputy was traveling northbound on Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway in Golden, about 10:05 a.m., CSP said. As the deputy entered a sweeping curve, a 2004 Saturn Vue heading south reportedly crossed the double yellow line into the deputy’s lane, resulting in a head-on collision, CSP said.

The deputy was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though he wore a helmet and eye protection, he died at the scene, according to CSP.

“It’s hard to talk about it because (the deputy who died) meant so much to this organization," Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said. "He’s been here a significant amount of time, he obviously had a lot of friends here. I’ve never met a more professional caring guy so that’s what’s tough.”

The deputy's name was not immediately released.

The driver of the Saturn, 83-year-old Golden resident Kenneth Hosch, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors in the case. The roadway was closed for hours while police investigated the accident before reopening about 8 p.m..

“It’s a huge loss," Mink said of the incident. "There’s over 800 employees here at the Sheriff’s Office and the deputy that lost his life was an integral part of this organization. That’s all I can say."


  • CO-MC-50


    You are the the epitome of a menace to society. Go take a grammar class. Then feel free to come join us when you can form a coherent thought.

    This man was a friend to anyone and everyone who was ever BLESSED to have the PRIVILEGE of meeting him. Someone whom many, myself included, looked up to as a model of integrity and leadership. For you to make the comments you have, without knowing the man, shows the color of your character.

    The man who lost his life, was a man of caring, a man of character, and a man who made this world better. He was a man who suffered tragedy, yet raised himself above it. He was a man who brought love to those who needed it and brought glory to God through his actions everyday. Can the same be said of you?

    I praise God that this was a man who was right with his maker. I know where his soul rests right now. Think twice before you judge someone, Aaron, because that is not your place; and you should hope your maker is kinder to you than you are to others!

    Aaron, I pray God opens your eyes to compassion, but I won’t hold my breath!

  • Jake

    There needs to be legislation that requires a yearly license renewal after a certain age or with medical conditions. Some people shouldn’t be driving!

  • tee

    It is not just the elderly, plenty of accidents every day that do not involve the elderly, unless it is a 21 to 55 year old running them down in a cross walk. Yes, as you get older, you get slower, but this was just plan stupid, no age required.

  • Test

    I sold my motorcycle 20 years ago and still don’t regret it. Dangerous driving is something our society refuses to address.

  • Still Mourning

    I’m sorry for his family’s loss. I am also disappointed in the news for displaying such graphic images. Having lost a brother recently and seeing the location of his death on TV over and over and over is very difficult. It is also very hard to see insensitive people make comments about what should or should not have happened. Just wish everyone would show compassion and allow the officer’s family and friends mourn without the comments. Also wish our sensationalistic media would consider the effect their news coverage has on a family who has just found out they have lost a beloved family member.

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