Jury Convicts Trucker Of Involuntary Manslaughter In Runaway Big Rig Deaths

PASADENA (AP) —A Los Angeles County jury has convicted a trucker of involuntary manslaughter but rejected charges of second-degree murder in a runaway truck incident that took the lives of a man and his daughter.

The jury on Friday also convicted Massachusetts resident Marcos Costa of vehicular manslaughter and inflicting great bodily injury on a motorist who survived the accident.

The jurors deadlocked on a great bodily injury allegations involving two other motorists and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

Costa was the driver of a big-rig car hauler that lost its brakes on a steep mountain road descending into a Los Angeles foothill suburb in 2009. The rig smashed into cross-traffic and a building.

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One Comment

  1. Doug says:

    There has to be more to this. If his brakes failed why is this a crime instead of an accident?

    1. arbo says:

      Because he failed to adhere to CHP requests that his brakes were faulty prior to the crash. He should not have been driving in the trucks condition. He made a bad judgement call that cost a man and his young daughter their lives. Think about that before defending him.

      1. Laura says:

        I don’t believe he was defending him. He was merely asking why the report didn’t specify the details of the case. The article makes it sound as though it was not his fault because it does not tell us the information you were so kind to share.

        At what point did we become so quick to judge each other from behind a keyboard?

  2. EJ says:

    Grave doubts about whether a crime was even committed

    1. mike says:

      Apparently you don’t know anything about this case. He knew the truck he was driving had faulty brakes. He had been told prior by the CHP not to drive the truck in it’s present condition. He did anyway, and cost two innocent people their lives. Read up on the story before making your stupid comments…

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