Trucking company owner pleads not guilty in fatal crash

| 8/3/2006

David Wilcox, the owner of a Connecticut trucking company implicated in the deaths of four people in a 2005 truck crash on Avon Mountain, has pleaded not guilty to 35 criminal and motor vehicle charges.

Wilcox was arrested in July and charged with 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, according to The Associated Press.

Police charge that Wilcox allegedly had defective brake parts on the truck that he refused to replace, and that the truck was not insured at the time of the crash. Wilcox also faces fraud charges for allegedly trying to reinsure the truck after the crash.

The arrest affidavit stated that Wilcox was warned about the defective brakes on the truck by at least two former employees.

The AP reported that Wilcox is free on bail and is due back in court on Aug. 30. His son, Shaun, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 15 on charges of tampering, conspiracy to commit evidence tampering and hindering prosecution.