Los Angeles News
Video shows tow truck crashing into Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- New surveillance video released Thursday shows the deadly crash involving a Metro bus and a tow truck in downtown Los Angeles.
The video shows the speeding tow truck driver running a red light and slamming into the bus. Long-time Metro driver Olivia Gamboa, 47, never saw it coming. She was killed in the collision early Wednesday morning at 5th Street and Broadway.
"I would always see her on #18 bus doing her job. I remember recalling once that she let me in for free just because I didn't have enough money. It's just really heartbreaking," said bus rider Katherine Ramirez, who visited a growing memorial at the crash site.
The tow truck driver, 43-year-old Yosef Adhami, doesn't have a valid driver's license. Adhami has numerous suspensions from the Department of Motor Vehicles. During his last suspension, he surrendered his license.
Adhami also has a criminal record, including fleeing from police. He was involved in a standoff with police in Lackawannock Township, Pa., in January 2008 after leading officers on a pursuit. Adhami was peppered-sprayed after telling police he had a bomb strapped to his body. No explosives were found. Police had tried to stop him for speeding.
Adhami was listed in grave condition at the hospital Thursday night.
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