Victims, truck owner form strange alliance in crash case

| 1/30/2006

The victims of a deadly crash on Avon Mountain in Connecticut have come to form a bizarre alliance with the owner of the company whose truck was responsible for the wreck.

David Wilcox, owner of American Crushing and Recycling, has been charged with, among other things, attempting to reinstate insurance on the truck after he learned of the crash. Wilcox denies the charge and claims that the truck was already insured.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that those who were injured – along with the families of the four people killed in the crash – need the court to find that the truck was indeed covered that morning to win compensation from the insurer.

The insurer, Acadia Insurance of Westbrook, ME, has sued Wilcox, claiming that he suspended coverage on the truck in January 2005, cashed a $40,000 refund check and did not reinstate coverage, The AP reported.

Wilcox and his wife, Donna, have pleaded innocent to charges of attempted insurance fraud, attempted first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny.