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At the scene of the crash in Antwerp that took six lives in July 2012. Photo: Joanna Richards
At the scene of the crash in Antwerp that took six lives in July 2012. Photo: Joanna Richards

Driver charged in 2012 Antwerp crash that killed six

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The driver of a tractor-trailer that killed six people in the town of Antwerp last July has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and three traffic infractions. WWNY-TV reports that James Mills pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was released.

Mills' vehicle reportedly plowed into a line of traffic stopped for paving work being done on Route 11, just north of Antwerp.

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42 year old Laurie Dana and her two daughters, 11 year old Lauryn Dana and 14 year old Caitlyn Dana, were killed. The children's grandmother, 69 year old Janet Dana, and family friend, 14 year old Shannon Planty, who were in the same vehicle, were also killed. All five were from the Brushton area.

59 year old Maryann Gregory of Dickinson Center, who was in a separate vehicle, was also killed.

44 year old Lewis Lottie of Nicholville, a Department of Transportation employee, was seriously injured.

Lottie spoke this week with WWNY. He says he's disappointed with the charges against Mills. He says the law is  "kind of screwed up." He says police pile on tickets for texting and not wearing a seat belt, but a driver can kill six people and only gets charged with a few traffic violations.

Mills' next court date has been set for September.

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