Truck driver convicted on lesser charges in fatal 2009 accident
A truck driver involved in a fatal 2009 collision off Angeles Crest Highway was convicted Friday of two counts of vehicular manslaughter, but the jury found him not guilty of the more serious second-degree murder charges.
Marcos Costa, 46, also was convicted of three counts of reckless driving causing an injury, but acquitted of two second-degree murder charges, the Glendale News-Press reports.
Costa's big rig lost its brakes as he traveled along Angeles Crest Highway. The runaway car-hauler sped through the intersection at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge and slammed into a vehicle carrying Palmdale residents Angel Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, killing them.
Several other cars were hit, and the truck wound up in a bookstore.
Costa's defense said the crash was an accident that the Brazil native had sought to avoid.
-- Jason Wells and Daniel Siegal, Times Community News
Photo: Marcos Costa, center, reacts to the not guilty verdicts on second-degree murder charges.
Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times