- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) - A Connecticut recycling company owner accused of rigging a dump truck with bad brakes and then trying to reinstate insurance coverage after a fatal crash in 2005 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Seventy-three-year-old David Wilcox of Windsor entered the plea as jury selection was set to begin for the crash that killed four people on Avon Mountain in July 2005. Wilcox ran Bloomfield-based American Crushing & Recycling.

Prosecutors say he allowed defective brake parts on the truck, which lost control and slammed into 19 other vehicles stopped for a traffic signal at the foot of the mountain.

Wilcox pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree manslaughter, five counts of first-degree assault and no contest to insurance fraud. He faces six years in prison.

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