Deputy charged for deadly crash on Highway 24

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE 8/8/18:
An El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy is facing charges for a deadly crash along Highway 24. The deputy was placed on administrative leave without pay pending termination according to the sheriff's office.

On Thursday, the Colorado State Patrol announced Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh is facing two charges of careless driving causing death and two charges of careless driving causing bodily injury.

“This investigation was led by our Vehicular Crimes Unit and I am proud of the thoroughness our Troopers have shown while investigating the tragic death of these victims,” said Major Scott Copley of the Colorado State Patrol in a release. “My heart goes out to the family and friends of those impacted by this tragedy.”

The crash involved three vehicles, including an El Paso County deputy's cruiser.

Soon after the crash, the agency put out a notice asking for the public's help in the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash or even stopped at the scene is asked to contact troopers. You can contact Sergeant Hophan at 719-339-2797 and reference case #2B180724.

The crash happened on July 24 at Elbert Road near Peyton.

Colorado State Patrol said a deputy in a marked patrol car was trying to pass a truck, then ended up clipping a different truck that was heading in the opposite direction. That caused the two trucks to slam into each other.

Two people in one truck were killed in the crash. Colorado State Patrol told 11 News 75-year-old Kenneth Wuerfele and 71-year-old Dorothy Wuerfele died. They were both from Peyton. The people in the other truck were 64-year-old James Stutsman and 30-year-old Eleazar Velaquez. Stutsman was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Velaquez has minor injuries.

The deputy was identified as 29-year-old Quinlan Linebaugh. He had minor injuries.

A witness told 11 News she saw the deputy giving CPR to one of the victims before emergency crews arrived.

Colorado State Patrol says the crash remains under investigation.