'I saw horror in his face,' witness to fatal truck accident testifies
A witness to the 2009 truck crash that killed two people at the base of the Angeles Crest testified this week that when the truck hit the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, she thought that she and the truck's driver "were going to die right at that moment."
Melissa Watkins, the shop's inventory manager at the time, said in court Monday that she and truck driver Marcos Costa locked eyes for a brief, terrifying moment while Costa's 25-ton car hauler barreled toward the store and she ran for her life through a side door.
"I saw the horror on his face. His eyes were bulging out of his head," said Watkins, who was unharmed in the crash and went on to work as a teacher. "I felt like he was looking right into my eyes and I into his. I thought we both thought we were going to die."
Watkins, who was testifying in Costa's murder trial, also said she saw him struggle to steer the truck left away from the storefront as it approached after striking cars "with such a force there were literally like sparks of light in the air," according to the Glendale News-Press.
-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News
Photo: Marcos Costa, right, stands with defense attorney Edward Murphy on Friday prior to opening arguments in his murder trial at the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse in Pasadena. Credit: Walt Mancini