August 11, 2011
Marcos Costa, a big rig truck driver, was convicted on two counts of involuntary manslaughter and bodily injury in Pasadena, California, after a 2009 La Cañada Flintridge runaway big-rig trucking accident.
The crash left 58-year-old Angel Posca and his 12-year-old daughter Angelina dead.
The truck driver also was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and inflicting great bodily injury on a motorist who survived the La Cañada truck accident.
Costa was driving his big-rig car hauler down the steep and winding Angeles Crest Highway in the Los Angeles suburb of La Cañada when his brakes went out and he lost control of the big truck. After plowing into a car, Costa hit several other vehicles before crashing into the front of a La Cañada bookstore.
Apparently the truck driver ignored the smoke spewing from his brakes even before he lost control of the big rig. Prosecutors, who had wanted Costa convicted on the steeper charges of second-degree murder, said that he showed a willful disregard for human life even before his big rig lost its brakes.