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Man arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide in death of JeffCo deputy

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Kenneth Hosch, 83, was arrested on Feb. 24, 2014 on suspicion for vehicular homicide involving the death of a Jefferson County deputy. (Photo: DA's Office)

GOLDEN, Colo. — A man was arrested Monday in connection with the death of a Jefferson County deputy.

Golden resident Kenneth Hosch, 83, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and criminally negligent homicide involving the fatal head-on collision that killed Sgt. David Baldwin in January, according to a release from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

On Jan. 26, shortly after 10 a.m., Hosch allegedly crossed over into the northbound lane as he was driving southbound on Highway 93 to pass a vehicle, stated court documents.

While Hosch was passing in a legal passing zone, multiple witnesses said he was driving aggressively as he passed the car. The affidavit noted that he was traveling on the wrong side of the road for about 1,500 feet and exceeding the posted 55 mph speed limit by about 15 miles.

Sgt. Baldwin, who was on duty that morning, was driving his deputy motorcycle in the northbound lane when Hosch struck him head-on.

Sgt. Baldwin (left) and Sheriff Ted Mink. (Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

Sgt. Baldwin (left) and Sheriff Ted Mink. (Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

The deputy died as a result of injuries sustained from the crash.

The DA’s Office said the case was a joint investigation of the Jefferson County Accident Response Team, which involved the Colorado State Patrol, the Lakewood Police Department and the Wheat Ridge Police Department.

Hosch’s bond was set for $10,000.