Former El Paso County deputy found guilty in deadly Highway 24 crash

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Just over a year after a deadly crash claimed the lives of an elderly couple, a former El Paso County deputy awaits his sentencing for his role in the crash.

Ex-Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh was found guilty of two counts of careless driving resulting in death and two counts of careless driving resulting in injury. The conviction came on Friday.

The trial began Monday for ex-Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh. 11 News learned the case was switched from a jury trial to a court trial, meaning the judge decided the verdict.

Linebaugh was the driver in a fatal crash when he tried to pass two vehicles on Highway 24.

According to Colorado State Patrol at the time of the July 24, 2018 crash, Linebaugh was driving westbound in a marked car and got behind two vehicles, including one driven by 75-year-old Kenneth Wuerfele and 71-year-old Dorothy Wuerfele. Linebaugh allegedly moved into the eastbound lane, right in the path of an oncoming dump truck. The dump truck fishtailed into the westbound lane, hitting and killing the Wuerfeles. The driver of the dump truck, 64-year-old James Stutsman, was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. His passenger, Eleazar Velaquez, sustained minor injuries.

At the time of the crash, Linebaugh was placed on administrative leave without pay pending termination according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office confirmed Monday that he was let go the following month.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12.