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Runaway big-rig murder trial goes to jury

July 21, 2011 |  9:09 am

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A jury is deliberating the fate of a driver of a runaway big rig charged in the deaths of a 12-year-old girl and her father in La Cañada Flintridge.

Attorneys completed their closing arguments Wednesday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse in Pasadena, the Burbank Leader reported.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Carolina Lugo told jurors that driver Marcos Costa had acted with willful disregard for human life as he proceeded down Angeles Crest Highway in 2009 before the brakes on his truck went out.

He barreled through Foothill Boulevard, striking several cars and crashing into a bookstore.

Palmdale resident Angel Posca and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, were killed in the crash.

Costa was charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving.

Defense attorney Edward Murphy attacked each of the charges and insisted Costa had never expressed malice. Murphy said he expects a verdict next week.

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-- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News

Photo: Participants in a memorial motorcycle ride in April for crash victims Angel and Angelina Posca. Credit: Joe Piasecki / Valley Sun.

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