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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Trucking company owner arrested


From The Hartford Courant
The owner of a Bloomfield company whose truck was blamed for a deadly chain reaction crash in Avon was arrested Wednesday on insurance fraud and other charges, the chief state's attorney said.

Just an hour earlier, a Superior Court judge had ordered the liquidation of American Crushing & Recycling, which owns the truck blamed for a July 29 crash that killed four people.

Judge John Langenbach issued the ruling following a hearing at which owner David Wilcox refused to testify.

Though Wilcox had not been charged at that point, his lawyer said Wilcox needed to assert his constitutional right not to incriminate himself.

State officials have said the dump truck that barreled out of control down Avon Mountain was not insured, but Wilcox allegedly tried to reinstate the insurance after the accident.

Wilcox also faces civil lawsuits from the families of his victims.