Family of Deceased MTA Employee Filed Suit
The family of a woman killed after a tow truck ran red light, striking her Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus and killing her, has filed suit against the estate of the tow truck driver, his company and the manufacturer of the bus she was driving. Olivia Gamboa, a 47-year old grandmother, died at a local hospital shortly after being ejected from the bus despite wearing her seatbelt. The tow truck driver, Yousef Adhami, died a few months later of his injuries.
Cause of Accident
Witnesses say that Adhami sped through the intersection of Broadway and 5th Street at approximately 60 miles per hour, slamming into the bus driven by Gamboa. Court documents claim that the restraint system failed to work properly, as Gamboa was ejected from the bus despite wearing the restraints. The crash, which occurred June 12, ripped open the front of the bus, which sheared off a fire hydrant; the tow truck then destroyed the facade of a 7-Eleven. There were no passengers on the bus.
Family Also Works for MTA
Bernardo Gamboa, the husband of the deceased bus driver, reported being concerned about returning to work after the lawsuit was filed, as he and the couple's three daughters are also MTA employees. Mrs. Gamboa was a 13-year MTA veteran who preferred driving the early morning downtown route so she could care for her grandson in the afternoon. Her family said she was a devout Catholic, as well as a dedicated mother and grandmother.
No Comment from Defendants
The bus manufacturer, New Flyer Industries, and Hermosa Beach Towing, owners of the tow truck, released no statement regarding the lawsuit. MTA spokespersons said they could not comment on pending litigation.
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