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Hearing for truck driver delayed

May 15, 2010|By Megan O’Neil

A court hearing was delayed Tuesday for the truck driver charged with murder after his car carrier veered out of control on Angeles Crest Highway last year killing a Palmdale man and his daughter.

Murder charges against Marcos Barbosa Costa, 44, were reinstated April 6 by a state appeals court panel, which ruled that Costa was aware of the risk involved when he descended the steep mountain pass. The ruling reversed a lower-court decision to throw out the murder charges.

On April 1, 2009, Costa drove a car carrier southbound on Angeles Crest Highway.

As the truck approached La Cañada Flintridge, it lost its brakes, gained speed and smashed through a busy intersection before stopping in a bookstore. Jorge Angel Posca, 58, and his daughter, Angelina, 12, both of Palmdale, were killed.

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The hearing, delayed because the court was still processing documents, was rescheduled for May 24.


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