- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two counts of vehicular manslaughter have been filed against the driver of a runaway big-rig that rolled down a mountain highway into a Los Angeles suburb, killing a girl and her father.

The felony charges were filed Friday against 43-year-old Marcos Costa of Everett, Mass.

Each count carries up to 12 years in prison.

Authorities say Costa took a road that’s off-limits to big trucks when he crossed the San Gabriel Mountains on Wednesday. Descending the mountains, the truck’s brakes gave out. The rig crashed into cars and a bookstore in the town La Canada Flintridge.

A 12-year-old girl and her father died when their car was crushed. A dozen other people were injured.

The state on Friday temporarily banned truck traffic on a second highway in the area.

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