A Jeffco sheriff's deputy, Sgt. David Baldwin, died Sunday morning when his patrol motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway.
The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. when a southbound 2004 Saturn Vue reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane while passing on a curve.
Baldwin's Harley-Davidson, which was traveling in the left northbound lane, was struck by the SUV, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Baldwin was thrown from the bike; he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Saturn's driver, 83-year-old Kenneth Hosch of Golden, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to St. Anthony Hospital.
The State Patrol investigated the accident.
Baldwin, who lived in the Coal Creek area, had been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1987. He most recently served as the supervisor for the sheriff’s traffic unit.
“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 Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink. “Dave will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service, and his dedication to this community.”
A website has been established in Baldwin’s honor, rememberbaldwin.blogspot.com. Baldwin’s family released the following statement on the site:
“Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all of the love and outpouring of sympathy and sadness for the passing of our husband and father, Sgt. David Baldwin. He was doing a job he loved. He liked absolutely nothing more than serving others and improving, empowering and helping every citizen or fellow officer he ever came in contact with.”