The driver of a tractor trailer that killed six people appeared in Antwerp town court Tuesday evening to answer a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and three traffic infractions.
James Mills pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was released. He's represented by attorney Gary Miles. A September date has been set for the next court proceeding.
The July 19, 2012 accident killed six people.
Mills, who was 45 at the time of the accident, was the operator of a tractor trailer that plowed into a line of vehicles which were stopped for paving work being done on Route 11 just north of Antwerp.
Among those killed were 42 year old Laurie Dana and her two daughters, 11 year old Lauryn Dana and 14 year old Caitlyn Dana.
In the aftermath of the crash, state police said inattention on Mills' part was part of the cause. A report of the accident was prepared and was supposedly set for release by the state, but has never been publicly issued.
The case was presented to a Jefferson County grand jury, which did not bring felony charges against Mills. Instead, grand jurors elected to direct the district attorney to file a "prosecutor's information" for the reckless driving charge and the traffic infractions of following too closely, failure to reduce speed for a hazard and failure to obey a flag person.
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Watertown, NY
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