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Truck driver in fatal La Canada crash gets 7-year sentence

September 8, 2011 | 12:44 pm

Marcos costa 
The big-rig driver convicted of manslaughter and reckless driving charges in the 2009 crash at the foot of the Angeles Crest Highway that killed two people was sentenced Thursday to seven years and four months in prison, the La Canada Valley Sun reported.

Marcos Costa has already served some of that time while in custody for the legal proceedings.

The Brazil native was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter, gross vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving for the April 2009 crash in which his big rig, having lost its brakes during the steep Angeles Crest descent, slammed into a car and killed Palmdale resident Angel Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina.

Costa hung his head as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis handed down the sentence in the Pasadena courtroom.

“The reason the court is to deny probation is the nature and seriousness and circumstances of this crime specifically," Mavis said.

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

Defense attorneys had portrayed the crash as an accident that Costa had tried to avoid.


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Photo: In July, Marcos Costa, flanked by interpreter Teresa Krakow and attorney Edward Murphy, reacts to guilty verdict. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times