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March 17. 2013 3:08AM

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HANOVER TWP. – Township police allege Kevin Allen was driving 28 miles above the speed limit while hauling 960 pounds of concrete mix when he crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing an elderly couple from Nanticoke.

Prior to Allen's preliminary hearing Wednesday, police amended the criminal complaint, alleging he was traveling 73 mph in a 45 mph zone on the Sans Souci Parkway on Aug. 4, 2011, when he veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, operated by Edward Skwirut, 89.

Police initially said Allen was traveling 67 mph at the time of the crash. A reason for the change in speed was not given.

Skwirut, and his wife, Dorothy, 86, died at the hospital of multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Luzerne County Coroner's Office.

Allen was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Xtreme truck transporting a dozen 80-pound bags of concrete mix at the time of the crash, according to the criminal complaint.

Allen waived his right to the proceeding before District Judge Joseph Halesey, sending two counts of homicide by vehicle and four traffic offenses to Luzerne County Court. He remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Allen is represented by attorney Basil Russin.

Allen is scheduled to be formally arraigned in county court on April 5.

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