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Metro Bus Operator Olivia Gamboa Dies after Being Hit by Tow Truck in Downtown Los Angeles

On June 13, 2013, at approximately 5:00 a.m., a Los Angeles Metro bus was struck by a tow truck that had run a red light. The Metro bus, which was operated by experienced driver Olivia Gamboa, was struck in the intersection of 5th Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

Mrs. Gamboa was trying to make a left-hand turn from 5th Street onto Broadway when the bus was struck by a tow truck. The impact of the collision sent the tow truck into a 7-Eleven storefront causing injuries to an employee. A fire hydrant was sheared off the pavement during the collision sending water into the air.

Police have indicated that there were no passengers on board at the time of the accident. Following the accident, Mrs. Gamboa was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The Gamboa family resides in Montebello, California. Mrs. Gamboa's husband and daughter are also Metro bus operators. At Matiasic & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the Gamboa family in their time of unimaginable grief.

In California, you must have three documents to commercially tow a vehicle: a commercial driver's license, a tow truck certificate, and a motor carrier permit. Reports indicate that the tow truck driver that caused this accident, Yousef Adhami, did not have a tow truck certificate and his motor carrier permit had expired. Additionally, Yousef Adhami only had a standard class C vehicle license, which is not valid for commercial use.

The tow truck was registered to Hermosa Beach Towing Company. The tow truck company is responsible to ensure that its drivers have the appropriate licenses. Additionally, trucking companies must ensure that its trucks are in good working mechanical condition. A trucking company that fails to satisfy these duties can be held liable for accidents caused by its drivers.

Excessive speed and reckless driving appear to have caused this terrible accident and the tragic consequences. The tow truck was reportedly traveling approximately 60 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of accident. Investigators have reviewed the various surveillance tapes, including surveillance from a nearby 7-Eleven convenient store, an apartment complex above the store, and the camera from the bus which all show that the tow truck driver had crossed the intersection against a red light.

The dedicated lawyers at Matiasic & Johnson LLP are highly experienced with over 30 years of combined experience in trucking accident law. Our attorneys understand the steps necessary to litigate your case. We have successfully handled many trucking accident cases and obtained compensation for the victims and their families. Contact Matiasic & Johnson LLP today for a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.