Family and friends of the Palmdale man and his daughter killed when a runaway truck careened down Angeles Crest two years ago and crashed into their car, are holding a memorial motorcycle ride to honor them.
Angel and 12-year-old Angelina Posca died Apr. 1, 2009 after a big rig driven by lost its breaks on the steep grade and plowed into the busy Foothill Boulveard intersection, before slamming into the
This is the second annual ride, which will begin at the Posca's home in Palmdale at 9 a.m. Apr. 2 and arrive at in La Cañada, by about 10:30 a.m. When asked if the riders planned a route through the Angeles National Forest, coming down Angeles Crest Highway, Posca family friend Kristen Eddy said the family's still too traumatized to ride through the mountains.
"This time of year is really hard for us: Angelina's birthday, the anniversary of the accident and the trial,'' Eddy said.
Costa is charged with two counts of murder, vehicular manslaughter and felony reckless driving. His attorney, Edward Murphy, has called the 2009 accident a tragedy, but said his client, a longtime pastor who learned to drive a truck to boost his income for his family, should never have been charged with murder. Costa spent nearly two years in Los Angeles County jail before bonding out almost a month ago.
Eddy said the family started the memorial motorcycle ride as a way of feeling closer to Angel and Angelina, noting the elder Posca loved to to ride. Last year about 75 friends and family on 40 motorcyles attended the memorial at Glenola Park, where the city erected a plaque, and the Posca's son, Ito, affixed to the ground a laminated to his dad and sister. (You may read the pages in this article's photo gallery.)