Guilty plea in Avon Mountain crash

| 3/17/2009

The owner of a truck that crashed on Avon Mountain in Connecticut nearly four years ago – killing four  people and injuring 11 others – now faces up to six years in prison after being convicted on manslaughter and assault charges. David Wilcox, 73, also pleaded no contest to insurance fraud.

Sentencing for Wilcox is set for June.

Wilcox’s now defunct company, American Crushing & Recycling, owned a dump truck that lost its brakes and crashed into vehicles that were stopped at the bottom of a steep grade. Prosecutors said Wilcox equipped his trucks with bald tires and bad brake parts and used inexperienced drivers.

They also said Wilcox directed his wife to try to reinstate a lapsed insurance policy on the truck just minutes after the crash. Donna Wilcox pleaded no contest this past year to charges that she committed insurance fraud. His son pleaded guilty last week to destroying the maintenance records for the dump truck. His wife and son will also be sentenced in June.