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Truck driver convicted on lesser charges in fatal 2009 accident

July 29, 2011 |  7:09 pm

Marcos Costa verdict 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.

Prosecutors had argued that Costa acted with willful disregard for human life as he proceeded down the steep mountainous pass, and ignored warnings about his truck's brakes.

Costa's defense said the crash was an accident that the Brazil native had sought to avoid.


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-- 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