Posted On: October 9, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Murder Charges Dropped Against Big Rig Trucker Involved in Deadly Truck Crash that Injured 10 People and Killed a Man and His Daughter

A judge has thrown out the murder charges against the trucker accused of causing the deadly truck accident that killed a man and his daughter and injured 10 people on Angeles Crest Highway in Southern California in April. The judge said that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that truck driver Marcos Barbosa Costa had implied malice when he lost control of his large truck and rammed into several cars.

Angel Posca and his daughter Angel, 12, died in the tragic truck crash.

According to prosecutors, Costa could have prevented the deadly big rig truck accident from happening since he was warned by an off-duty firefighter the road was steep, Costa was driving too fast, and smoke was coming out of the truck’s brakes.

The 44-year-old trucker still faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and three counts of reckless driving causing injury to three victims.

Illinois Truck Accident Cases
Large trucks, such as 18-wheeler trucks, tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, and semi-trucks tend to be significantly larger in size than most vehicles on the road. This places motorcyclists, passenger vehicles, SUV’s, and pickup trucks at a huge disadvantage during a large truck collision.

Regardless of whether or not police decide to press criminal charges against a negligent motorist, a truck accident victim and/or his or her family can still exercise their right to sue all liable parties for personal injury or wrongful death regardless of the outcome of any criminal proceedings. In Lake County, Cook County, Will County, and DuPage County, Illinois, our Chicago truck accident lawyers would be happy to offer you a free case evaluation.

Many trucking companies are prepared to combat any truck accident claims against them. This is why you need an experienced Chicago truck collision law firm representing you.

Murder charges dismissed against driver in fatal big rig crash, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2009

Murder charges dismissed in fatal crash, La Canada Valley Sun, October 9, 2009

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