More Charges Filed In Deadly La Canada Crash

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Article Date: 5/13/2009 | Resource: MLG

More Charges Filed In Deadly La Canada Crash

Three new felony charges were added today against a trucker accused of causing a multi-vehicle wreck on Angeles Crest Highway that killed a 12-year-old Palmdale girl and her father.

Marcos Barbosa Costa, now 44, pleaded not guilty to three counts of reckless driving causing specified injury involving three people who were injured in the crash.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the April 1 deaths of Angelina Posca and her father, Angel Jorge Posca, 58.

Costa is due back in Pasadena Superior Court on June 19, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence for him to stand trial.

Posca’s car was struck near the Foothill (210) Freeway by the double-decker car-hauling rig, which had lost its brakes and careened down Angeles Crest Highway

The truck pushed the car about 200 yards into the intersection of Foothill Boulevard, where four other vehicles were struck before the truck smashed into a coffee shop and book store.

In the aftermath of the crash, La Canada Flintridge city officials lashed out at Caltrans, contending the state agency had failed to respond to their concerns about safety on the highway.

The city had first appealed to the state for changes on the route after a crash last Sept. 5, in which a truck carrying 70,000 pounds of onions plowed through the same intersection and into the parking lot of the Hill Street Cafe, demolishing seven vehicles but causing only one minor injury.

In response to the uproar over the April 1 crash, Caltrans instituted a 90-day ban on five-axle trucks along Angeles Crest Highway between the Angeles Forest Highway and 210 Freeway.

Source: CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

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