In testimony Friday that was set to continue Monday morning, the driver of the runaway truck that killed two people in La Cañada Flintridge in April 2009 after its brakes went out on Angeles Crest Highway recounted parts of that journey leading up to the fatal crash.
Marcos Costa, 46, said through a Portuguese translator that he did his best to follow a route prescribed by a witness who flagged the truck down on Angeles Forest Highway, but due to his poor command of English may not have understood all the man said — including warnings about the steep terrain he would face and evidence that his brakes were overheating.
“I don’t remember him saying anything about the brakes. If he did, I didn’t understand,” Costa said of off-duty firefighter Juan Palomino, who testified earlier in the trial. “I did not understand everything he was saying. I understood he said ‘alternate route’ because I heard him talk several times about the tunnel [they were approaching]. I asked him to draw a map.”