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Elderly Man Accused Of Killing Motorcycle Officer Called ‘Risk To Community’

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GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – An elderly driver accused in a deadly crash that killed a Jefferson County sheriff’s sergeant no longer has his license after he faced a judge Thursday morning.

Sgt. David Baldwin was on his motorcycle when he was hit and killed on Jan. 26.

In court is was revealed that Kenneth Hosch, 83, has a lengthy record of speeding violations, and the judge decided because of that record, and the investigation into Baldwin’s death, that Hosch poses a “risk to the community.”

Hosch was charged with vehicular homicide and criminally negligent homicide after colliding with Baldwin on Highway 93. Police allege that Hosch was trying to pass another car when he hit Baldwin’s motorcycle.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hosch said Baldwin came into his lane, causing the collision.

Hosch’s driving record was outlined in the affidavit, including five speeding tickets in seven years and rear-ending two cars within three years — also on Highway 93.

Hosch’s lawyer tried to argue against the motion to revoke his client’s license. The judge made one concession that Hosch be allowed to travel, but not drive, to Cheyenne, Wyo., to visit his daughter. Those visits will be supervised by the courts.

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Pam Russell said they’re pleased with the judge’s decision.

“We filed this motion requesting that he not be allowed to drive because considering the charges that have been filed against him, and considering his driving history, which is laid out in the affidavit, we just believe that it is a community safety issue that he not drive during the time of this case,” Russell said.

According to the affidavit, in one incident in September of 2009 Hosch was ticketed for driving 72 in a 55 miles per hour zone. Hosch reportedly told the deputy, “I knew you guys would get me someday.”

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