After nearly a week of deliberations, the jury in the murder case against Marcos Costa, the driver of a brakeless big rig that killed two people in La Cañada in April 2009, retired Wednesday without announcing a verdict.
Costa, a Portuguese-speaking Brazilian truck driver who hails from Massachusetts, has testified throughout the five-week trial through a translator that he did everything he could to stop his 25-ton truck after its brakes failed on April 1, 2009 while headed westbound on Angeles Crest Highway. Angel “Jorge” Posca and his 12-year-old daughter Angelina suffered fatal injuries after Costa’s runaway rig plowed into their car as they exited the 210 Freeway. The truck then continued to Foothill Boulevard, striking more vehicles and injuring several others before crashing into the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.
Deputy District Atty. Carolina Lugo has argued the prosecution’s position that Costa is guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter and three counts of reckless driving.