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February 19. 2013 9:06PM
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HANOVER TWP. – A township man was driving more than 22 mph above the speed limit while hauling 960 pounds of concrete mix when he allegedly slammed head-on into another vehicle, killing an elderly couple, township police said.

Kevin Michael Allen, 35, of Martin Street, accompanied by his attorney, Basil Russin, surrendered Friday on vehicular homicide charges.

Allen was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey on two counts of homicide by vehicle, and one count each of careless driving causing unintentional death, speeding, failing to stay in lane of travel and driving a vehicle with an unsecured load. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police said Allen was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Xtreme truck transporting 12 80-pound bags of concrete mix when he crossed into oncoming traffic on the Sans Souci Parkway and crashed into a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, operated by Edward Skwirut, 89, of Nanticoke, on Aug. 4, 2011.

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

Their deaths were ruled as homicides.

Before Edward Skwirut passed, he told police, I don't know what happened. I was driving and he came right into my lane, the complaint says.

Allen claimed another vehicle moved into his lane, causing him to apply the brakes and crash into Skwirut's vehicle.

A state police accident reconstruction of the crash allegedly determined Allen was traveling 67 mph at the time of the crash, according to the criminal complaint.

The speed limit for that section of the parkway is 45 mph, police said.

Court records indicate Allen has a history of traffic citations in Luzerne County, including several for speeding.

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