Hearing date set for Connecticut trucking company owner

| 9/19/2007

The owner of a Connecticut trucking company, who was arrested in connection with a deadly wreck on that state’s Avon Mountain two years ago, will have his next court appearance in October.

David Wilcox, owner of American Crushing and Recycling, appeared in Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 18, where a judge set the date of his hearing for Oct. 19.

Wilcox faces charges of manslaughter and insurance fraud for his role in the deadly crash that killed four people and injured more than a dozen.

The Hartford Courant reports that the judge also said he plans to decide soon on the state’s request to consolidate the manslaughter and fraud charges.

Wilcox was arrested in 2006 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.

Police charge that Wilcox allegedly had defective brake parts on the truck, which 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.