Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 47-year-old Olivia Gamboa, a bus driver for the MTA, was killed in a crash with a tow truck in downtown Los Angeles. While speeding southbound on Broadway, the driver of the tow truck, 43-year-old Yosef Adhami, ran a red light at the intersection with 5th Street, slamming into the bus and then a 7-Eleven. Emergency responders transported both drivers to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Gamboa succumbed to her injuries. Adhami, who reportedly did not have a valid driver’s license, remains in critical condition. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“When a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may hold the at-fault driver liable by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California bus accident lawyer James Ballidis.
The city of Los Angeles accounted for 119 of the 346 fatalities and 31,480 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Unsafe speed was a factor in 396 of the fatal and 49,338 of the injury crashes that occurred in California that year. Traffic signals and signs were a factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Olivia Gamboa, the bus driver who was killed in the crash with the tow truck. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those injured in the accident.
www.abclocal.go.com originally reported this downtown Los Angeles bus accident.
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