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Documents: 'Unsafe speed' likely factor in crash that killed Tuscola mayor

TUSCOLA, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Unsafe speed is likely a factor in a crash that killed the mayor of Tuscola and his wife last month.

Investigators have filed a search warrant to gain access to data stored in the Crash Data Record from the truck that slammed into an SUV carrying Mayor Robert Vance Elkins, 82, and Von Dean Roe Elkins, 80, on Hwy 83 just south of Tuscola December 14.  Both Elkins' were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

Court documents state, "unsafe speed appears to be a factor in the crash and subsequent death, CDR data will assist in completing final crash investigation." 

The initial press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety states the Elkins' SUV and another vehicle were traveling south down the highway when a third vehicle, the truck, hydroplaned on wet roads, crashed into the Elkins' head-on, then slid into the other vehicle traveling south. 

No other serious injuries were reported. 

The City of Tuscola released the following statement regarding the death of the Elkins': 

The City of Tuscola is grieving the loss of Mayor Robert Elkins and his wife Von Dean Elkins which were both tragically killed in an auto accident just North of Tuscola on Hwy 83 this afternoon. Robert and Von Dean were both loved and respected citizens of the City of Tuscola for over 54 years. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Elkins family. The community, council and employees will miss them greatly; we appreciate your patience during this time of loss.

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