Trucking company owner arraigned on manslaughter charges

| 7/25/2006

David Wilcox, the owner of a runaway dump truck that killed four people and injured 19 others in a 2005 wreck near Avon, CT, was arraigned on four charges of manslaughter on Monday, July 24.

Wilcox’s son, Shaun, was also arraigned on charges of interfering with police in their investigation.

The Hartford Courant reported that Superior Court Judge Philip Scarpellino lowered the initial $2 million bail to $200,000. Wilcox was released on bail and is set to appear in court on Aug. 1.

Shaun Wilcox was released on $20,000 bail and is also scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1.

In addition to the four counts of first-degree manslaughter, Wilcox has also been charged with five counts of first-degree assault, interfering with an officer, tampering with evidence, fabricating evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence, the Courant reported.

In an arrest affidavit released July 24, police charged that two previous drivers had warned Wilcox about the brakes on the dump truck, warnings which Wilcox allegedly ignored.

In addition, the affidavit charges that Wilcox kept phony pre-trip inspection logs and allegedly destroyed inspection documents for the truck involved in the crash.

The Courant reported that Wilcox’s lawyer maintains it was driver error, not negligence on Wilcox’s part, which led to the crash. The driver, Abdulraheem Naafi, was killed in the crash.