An El Paso County sheriff’s deputy accused of causing a crash that killed two people is now facing criminal charges.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. July 24 on Highway 24 about five miles east of Colorado Springs. According to the Colorado State Patrol, Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh was headed westbound in his patrol car when he tried to pass two other cars and hit a dump truck heading in the opposite direction. The dump truck then collided with a Lincoln that Linebaugh had passed.
The driver of the Lincoln, 75-year-old Kenneth Wuerfele of Peyton, died on the scene. The passenger, 71-year-old Dorothy Wuerfele of Peyton, was taken to the hospital, where she died. The dump truck driver was seriously injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. Linebaugh also sustained minor injuries.
Troopers said Thursday that Linebaugh has been charged with two counts of careless driving causing death and two counts of careless driving causing bodily injury.
Linebaugh has been with the sheriff’s office since February 2012. He is a school resource officer who works on patrol when school isn’t in session. The sheriff’s office said he is now on unpaid administrative leave, pending termination.