GOLDEN — An 83-year-old motorist told a judge Friday he didn't remember hitting a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle and that he has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined.
Kenneth Martin Hosch was then sentenced to a six-year term in community corrections — meaning he'll serve his time outside a jail or prison and give speeches on reckless driving.
The Golden man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 26 death of Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Baldwin. Authorities say Hosch was going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone before he crashed head-on into the motorcycle of the 27-year veteran of the department.
The deputy was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time.
Hosch said in a prepared statement that he should have better evaluated his ability to drive, taking into account his diminished eyesight, hearing and age-affected cognitive skills.
He also said he didn't remember the crash, KMGH reported (http://bit.ly/1vuYXJJ).
"Like many people, I am faced with getting old," he said. "I have a hard time to admit that my physical and especially mental abilities are declining."
Baldwin's wife, Crystal Baldwin, also spoke at the sentencing hearing.
"My husband believed in the good in people, even after years of seeing the worst," she said before asking the judge to put Hosch behind bars.
Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com