Defense Wants Deal For Elderly Man Accused In Crash That Killed Officer

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – An elderly man accused of causing a crash that killed a Jefferson County deputy sheriff was back in court Tuesday.

Kenneth Hosch, 83, is out on bond and left court surrounded by family after his defense team asked for a continuance. That will give them until June 9 to enter a plea of not guilty or guilty. Defense lawyers said they’re talking to the prosecution about possibly making some sort of agreement.

Hosch is accused of hitting and killing Sgt. Dave Baldwin on Jan. 26. Baldwin was driving his patrol motorcycle when he was struck by a driver traveling the wrong direction on Highway 93 approaching 68th Avenue.

The Colorado State Patrol says the accident happened as Baldwin was approaching a curve. After the collision it’s believed Baldwin was thrown from his motorcycle, which is how he suffered his injuries. He was wearing helmet and eye protection but died at the scene.

Baldwin had been with the sheriff’s office since 1987.

While the defense said they’re attempting some sort of agreement, the prosecution did not speak about that on Tuesday.

Hosch faces charges of vehicular homicide and criminally negligent homicide.

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