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Trucker pleads not guilty in fatal crash

April 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The truck driver accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that killed a father and daughter in La Canada-Flintridge pleaded not guilty to felony manslaughter charges Monday.Marcos Costa, 43, is accused of ignoring weight restrictions on Angeles Crest Highway and causing a multi-vehicle wreck that killed 58-year-old Angel Jorge Posca and his 12-year-old daughter Angelina.

Costa was driving a double-decker car hauler down Angeles Crest Highway April 1 when the brakes failed. The truck slammed into the car with Posca and his daughter inside, pushing it about 200 yards. The truck plowed into four other vehicles before it slammed into a coffee shop and bookstore at the Foothill Boulevard intersection.

A dozen people were injured in the accident, three of them critically.

Costa is free on $200,000 bail. He's due back in court in Pasadena for a preliminary hearing May 13.

Following the crash, local residents and La Canada-Flintridge officials blasted Caltrans, accusing the agency of failing to respond to concerns about safety on the highway that ends in their city.

In response, Caltrans instituted a 90-day ban on five-axle trucks on Angeles Crest Highway between Angeles Forest Highway and the 210 freeway. A bill now under consideration in Sacramento would permanently ban trucks on the route.