Sergeant David Baldwin was on routine patrol, northbound on Route 93 nearing West 64th Parkway about 10:00 am. He was entering a sweeping “S” curve in the roadway.
A green Saturn Vue being driven by 83 year old Kenneth Hosch of Golden, Colorado had crossed a double yellow line in a “No Passing Zone” and passed a south bound vehicle in the curve. The SUV struck the deputy’s Harley Davidson patrol motorcycle head on.
Sgt. Baldwin was wearing a helmet and eye protection, but sustained massive internal injuries in the crash. He was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the impact and died at the scene.
The driver of the SUV was wearing a seat belt and was transported to St. Anthony Central Hospital with minor injuries.
Drugs and alcohol were eliminated as contributing factors early in the crash investigation.
The Colorado State Patrol is leading the investigation and conducting the crash reconstruction.
Trooper Josh Lewis, spokesman for the Colorado Highway Patrol provided preliminary details of the crash investigation to the news media. He also advised that the Arvanda and Lakewood Police Departments are assisting in the investigation along with the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Sergeant Baldwin began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996. He worked a variety of assignments including the Detention Division, Civil & Fugitive Unit, Bomb Squad, Patrol Division, and his most recent assignment, the Traffic/Motorcycle Unit.
Sgt. Baldwin also served as a firearms instructor, driving instructor, and instructor for the Basic and Advanced Law Enforcement Motorcycle School.
“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,” said Sheriff Mink. “Dave will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service, and his dedication to this community.”
Sgt. Baldwin is the fifth officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the Jefferson County Sheriff Department and the first officer to die in a traffic crash. Jefferson County Sheriff Department has not experienced an officer line of duty death in over twenty years.
Sergeant Baldwin was a US Air Force veteran and a 27 year veteran of the Department.
Sergeant David Baldwin, gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, January 26, 2014
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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