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.