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Former El Paso County deputy sentenced in fatal Highway 24 crash

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 18:40:41-05

EL PASO COUNTY — Former El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh was sentenced to 4 years probation, 60 days in jail or work release, and 500 hours of community service in a 2018 crash that killed two people.

Linebaugh was convicted on two counts of Careless Driving Resulting in Death and two counts of Careless Driving Resulting in Injury on Sept. 27.

On July 24, 2018, Linebaugh was driving westbound on Highway 24 when he tried to pass a vehicle and crossed into the path of a dump truck.

The driver of the truck tried to avoid Linebaugh and slammed into a car driven by Kenneth Wuerfele, 75, and Dorothy Wuerfele, 71. They both died from their injuries.

The driver of the dump truck, 64-year-old James Stutsman, was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. His passenger, Eleazar Velazquez, sustained minor injuries.

After the crash Linebaugh was placed on administrative leave without pay, and was terminated the following month.