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Hearing waived in Kensington DUI fatal

Brett Truskin, 22, of Ivyland, is charged with vehicular homicide in the Nov. 18 death of bicyclist Gregory Loper.

Brett Truskin, the 22-year-old Bucks County man, charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and related counts in the early evening Nov. 18 death of a Kensington bicyclist, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

The decision means that Truskin's case will move directly to trial in Common Pleas Court.

Truskin, of Ivyland, who remains in prison in lieu of $475,000 bail, allegedly was driving his 2011 Toyota RAV4 under the influence when he collided head-on with a bicyclist in the 1900 block of East Lehigh Avenue and then traveled further striking four parked cars.

The bicyclist, Gregory Loper, 49, was married and the father of 11 children.

Police said the Kensington fatality happened less than 24 hours after Truskin had been released after being charged with driving under the influence and getting involved in a nonfatal crash on I-95.