JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deputy who was killed when an SUV hit his motorcycle head-on Sunday.
Sergeant David Baldwin was a highly-decorated 27-year veteran of the agency, as well as a military veteran in the US Air Force.
"It takes a special kind of person to take an oath to protect and serve their community, and to constantly place the safety of others above their own," Sheriff Ted Mink said in a statement. "Dave will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service, and his dedication to this community.
Sgt. Baldwin began in 1987. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996 and worked varying assignments with the most recent in the traffic/motorcycle unit. He also served as a firearms instructor, driving instructor, and instructor for the Basic and Advanced Law Enforcement Motorcycle School.
"He was a friend, mentor, active community partner, co-worker, husband and father," a release from the sheriff's office said.
The Colorado State Patrol, which is investigating the crash, says the driver of the SUV was trying to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone on Highway 93 near West 64th Parkway just after 10 a.m. Sunday and hit the deputy's motorcycle.
The driver of the SUV was identified as by authorities as 83-year-old Kenneth Hosch of Golden. Hosch was hospitalized for minor injuries. Investigators say charges are pending.
Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Baldwin was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The sheriff's office says funeral arrangements will be shared as soon as they are finalized.
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