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Warning signs an issue in runaway-truck trial

July 8, 2011 |  8:12 am

A former Girl Scout who warned of dangerous conditions on Angeles Crest Highway months before a fatal runaway truck crash in 2009 testified this week in the murder trial of the driver of that truck.

In opening arguments Deputy Dist. Atty. Carolina Lugo told jurors that driver Marcos Costa and co-driver Jose Soares would have seen, but ignored, a "no trucks" sign at the entrance of Angeles Forest Highway before using that road to reach Angeles Crest, according to the Glendale News-Press.

Malia Mailes, who presented her Girl Scout Gold Award Project before the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on March 2, 2009, told jurors she did not see such a sign during her research the month before her presentation.

Soares, called by Lugo to testify last week, also denied seeing such a sign the day that Costa's car-hauler lost its brakes and plowed through busy traffic on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge, killing a Palmdale man and his 12-year-old daughter.


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