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 and killed a girl and her father.
The felony charges were filed Friday in a Pasadena court against 43-year-old Marcos Costa of Everett, Mass.
Each count carries up to 12 years in prison.
Authorities say Costa took a county road that's off-limits to big trucks when he crossed the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Coming down from the mountains, the truck's brakes gave out. The rig plunged down a steep grade and across the main boulevard of La Canada Flintridge.
A 12-year-old girl and her father died when their car was crushed. A dozen other people were injured.
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