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Commercial Truck Driver Charged With Murder in Calif.

June 24, 2009

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA --- The Los Angeles County D.A.'s office announced that a commercial truck driver, whose runaway big rig hit several cars in La Canada Flintridge in April, has been indicted on two counts of murder. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, a county grand jury returned the indictment June 11 against Marcos Barbosa Costa. The indictment was unsealed June 19, after Costa was arraigned before Judge Patricia Schnegg in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Costa's bail was set at $2.09 million. 

The collisions at issue killed Angel Posca and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, and injured others. The tragedy led the California Department of Transportation to impose a 90-day ban on five-axle trucks traveling down Angeles Crest Highway to the 210 Freeway in La Canada Flintridge. The same area was the site of a different big-rig accident last year. 

In addition to the two counts of murder, the indictment adds allegations of great bodily injury to the charges of vehicular manslaughter filed back on April 3. Costa is also charged with three counts of reckless driving, causing injury to three victims. Two of the victims suffered concussions, while the third suffered a bone fracture.



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