Truck Owner's Wife Takes Plea

There are 25 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 29, 2008, titled Truck Owner's Wife Takes Plea. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The wife of former dump truck owner David Wilcox pleaded no contest Friday to attempted insurance fraud related to a crash in Avon three years ago that killed four people.

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The Critic

Newington, CT

#1 Mar 1, 2008
Pathetic Scum
just ask

Concord, MA

#2 Mar 1, 2008
guilty!
Stockman43

East Hampton, CT

#3 Mar 1, 2008
Now......lets get on with his trial.........send him away for 40 years.
Linda

South Windsor, CT

#4 Mar 1, 2008
As innocent drivers were in agony and dying these scumbags are trying to get their insurance re-instated, that's their first priority! They deserve to do hard time.
driverdan

Vernon Rockville, CT

#5 Mar 1, 2008
let's keep prosecuting these greedy, selfish, uncaring of all others on the road, "trucking company" owners until they commit suicide. by any and all means, civil, and criminal, they need to know that attitude of profit before safety,(not to mention not paying insurance) is not acceptable. don't want to pay 1,500 to fix brakes on your 73,000 lb. capacity truck? then be prepared to pay 5-25 yrs. minimum (in my opinion life for every life your failure to maintain minimum safety standards cost) in prison. i am professional truckdriver and i have no pity for these sharks who put profits over safety.
TAXPAYER

West Hartford, CT

#6 Mar 1, 2008
lets see shes 42 and hes 72 ...Shes a gold digger and should do time ...
Pre trip

Little Rock, AR

#7 Mar 2, 2008
Driver Dan is jumping the gun; it is the drivers responsibility to pre trip that truck. The note book in the door has insurance papers or the truck does not move. The brakes are part of pre trip inspection too. The problem is these corporate trucking companies do not train drivers in their responsibility because they are mostly self insured. If you miss it on a pre trip the self insured company makes a denial of all liability because of the obvious bad dissision of the driver. The safety of the public is of no concern to the big truck industry and their lobbyists have made loopholes in the laws. Ask any newbee driver: what is an Air Dryer? He will probably say it is the thing to dry your hands in the public bathrooms. The Air Dryer is part of the air braking system that most companies by pass, therefore compromising the whole system, because of costs. "Safety of the Public" is education of drivers.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#8 Mar 2, 2008
Linda wrote:
As innocent drivers were in agony and dying these scumbags are trying to get their insurance re-instated, that's their first priority! They deserve to do hard time.
There was nothing they could do to save the drivers lives. I'm sure they both panicked and tried to get the insurance reinstated so that the victims could get the compensation that deserved.

Ask yourself what you would have done in the same situation before you accuse others of evil.
driverdan

Vernon Rockville, CT

#9 Mar 2, 2008
Pre trip wrote:
Driver Dan is jumping the gun; it is the drivers responsibility to pre trip that truck. The note book in the door has insurance papers or the truck does not move. The brakes are part of pre trip inspection too. The problem is these corporate trucking companies do not train drivers in their responsibility because they are mostly self insured. If you miss it on a pre trip the self insured company makes a denial of all liability because of the obvious bad dissision of the driver. The safety of the public is of no concern to the big truck industry and their lobbyists have made loopholes in the laws. Ask any newbee driver: what is an Air Dryer? He will probably say it is the thing to dry your hands in the public bathrooms. The Air Dryer is part of the air braking system that most companies by pass, therefore compromising the whole system, because of costs. "Safety of the Public" is education of drivers.
pretrip is missing the whole message here, that is low-bidding companies are hiring driver at 10-12 dollars per hour, because they do not want to hire drivers with more experience who can spot problems during the 30-minute pre-trip and put trucks out-of-service before they kill people. air dryers have been standard equipment for probably more years than pretrip knows about. but they are a mechanical system requiring regular maintenance, repair. also, in this particular "accident" (inexperienced driver& cheap owner taking advantage of said driver=tragedy that could have, should have been prevented & now owner MUST pay the price) as a professional driver i would have paid the ultimate price to avoid what happened. pretrip, you must read more about this before you jump on a professional driver who has experience with this company and walked away before killing someone.
Tom

Whitesboro, TX

#10 Mar 2, 2008
The State of Connecticut is at fault for re-issuing the CDL (commercial driverís license) to the driver of that truck after they pulled it for previous problems. A commercial truck driver is responsible for the operating condition of his/her vehicle just as a pilot is responsible for the operating condition of an airplane. If it has a problem, the CDL holder is supposed to pull the truck off of the road immediately. If it wasn't that way, imagine the potential for disaster a driver destroys something under a truck on debris on a construction site.

In addition to previously having his CDL revoked, this driver lost his previous job (a few weeks prior) for dropping a transmission out of a truck by improperly downshifting it. He had a drug problem in his past but unfortunately was also the poster child for who contractors are required to hire in order to meet quotas.

He missed the turn off (Deercliff) at the top of the mountain and never should have been going down Avon Mountain to begin with.

As far as the insurance issue is concerned, there is no statute for insurance on commercial vehicles like private vehicles. Even if the statute did apply, the requirement would be for $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident. With the carnage on Avon Mountain, that wouldn't cover a fraction of the liability. The owner might be a dirt bag, his wife might be a dirt bag, I don't know but I do know that the driver of the truck had just started working for them and he had a valid CDL. An unsophisticated contractor may assume that the State's issuance of a CDL is an indication of a reasonable level of competence and may hire a driver with the idea that if it doesn't work out he will let the driver go. This driver had just started working for this contractor.

It is reasonable to assume that the contractor had no intention of being party to this tragedy but made some unfortunate and poor decisions including not doing his due diligence in hiring of drivers and perhaps assuming that the State had done theirs.

Perhaps the animus is better directed at the real culprit.
sue

Greenfield, MA

#11 Mar 2, 2008
Perhaps you all should read all of the facts of the case before commenting. The state of CT and the trucking company owner are both responsible for this horrible tragedy. The owner would not have been charged w/ manslaughter if he was not responsible for the deaths of the innocent!

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#12 Mar 2, 2008
sue wrote:
Perhaps you all should read all of the facts of the case before commenting. The state of CT and the trucking company owner are both responsible for this horrible tragedy. The owner would not have been charged w/ manslaughter if he was not responsible for the deaths of the innocent!
Negligently responsible. Not with malice.
Tom

Whitesboro, TX

#13 Mar 2, 2008
Under our Judicial system being charged with manslaughter and being found guilty of manslaughter are 2 different things. Copping a plea to manslaughter is yet anothe thing.

While I do not pretend to know all of the facts I do know a some facts about this travesty to the extent that the State Attorney General's office grilled me during their witch hunt.
PotorKettle

Haskell, NJ

#14 Mar 2, 2008
Dana Herbert wrote:
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Ask yourself what you would have done in the same situation before you accuse others of evil.
People who are ALWAYS looking to EXPOSE others in a public forum have an INTOLERABLE amount of GUILT and therefore try to SHAME other people and TELL them what they SHOULD do morally.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#15 Mar 2, 2008
PotorKettle wrote:
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People who are ALWAYS looking to EXPOSE others in a public forum have an INTOLERABLE amount of GUILT and therefore try to SHAME other people and TELL them what they SHOULD do morally.
Ask yourself what you would have done in the same situation before you accuse others of evil.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#16 Mar 2, 2008
PotorKettle wrote:
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People who are ALWAYS looking to EXPOSE others in a public forum have an INTOLERABLE amount of GUILT and therefore try to SHAME other people and TELL them what they SHOULD do morally.
The opposite of EXPOSE: conceal, cover, cover up, hide

What would YOU do PotorKettle?
PotorKettle

Haskell, NJ

#17 Mar 3, 2008
It IS possible, if you don't have an ax to grind, to leave things alone and not respond and react to every thing in a provokative way.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#18 Mar 3, 2008
PotorKettle wrote:
It IS possible, if you don't have an ax to grind, to leave things alone and not respond and react to every thing in a provokative way.
Okay. But you know that online, I always attack the indu$tries, never the individuals. The whole, never the parts.

And I think it is kind of shameful that the BIG in$urance companies would even press charges against these two for something they did within 20 minutes of learning of the accident, while they were in an extreme state of panic.

This is precisely why 1 in 100 people are in prison now.

For wanting to do the right thing, but being powerle$$ to do so because of the people who control the money.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#19 Mar 3, 2008
If I owned that insurance company, I would have offered to reinstate their insurance to help the victims.
BETS

Boston, MA

#20 Mar 3, 2008
Dana Herbert wrote:
If I owned that insurance company, I would have offered to reinstate their insurance to help the victims.
And that, while kind hearted would have been a violation of the law

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