A DRIVER alleged to have killed two pensioners in a head-on crash has denied causing death by dangerous driving.

Nicholas Haynes, 32, of Newark Road, Gloucester, appeared before Swindon Crown Court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

It is alleged he caused the death of Anthony Webster and Gillian Smith, both in their 80s and from the Buckingham area, on September 16.

Wearing a dark suit and tie, the self-employed construction manager spoke only to confirm his name and not guilty pleas.

It is said Haynes was behind the wheel of an Audi A5 when the car clipped the back of a Range Rover being driven along the A429 through Corston towards Chippenham at around 4.20pm. Moments later he is alleged to have crashed into a Honda. Mr Webster and Ms Smith died at the scene.

Haynes was bailed for the trial on March 16.

Judge Peter Crabtree said: “This is not a straightforward case and it is extremely serious. It is very important you keep in close contact with you solicitors.”