Family members of a Metro driver killed three months
ago in a crash with an Hermosa Beach-based flatbed tow truck in Los Angeles are suing the heirs of the other driver and the towing company
where he worked.
Olivia Gamboa, 47, of Montebello died at a hospital after the accident,
in which she was ejected from the bus even though she wore a seat belt.
drove Metro buses for 13 years, Dave Sotero of the Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority said at the time.
Her husband, Bernardo Gamboa, and daughters Azucena and Mayte Gamboa, as
well as Paola Gamboa Banda, filed the wrongful death suit Monday in Los
Angeles Superior Court against Hermosa Beach Towing and the estate of driver
Adhami, of Gardena, was badly hurt in the crash, but it was not
immediately clear from the suit how or when he died.
The plaintiffs also are suing New Flyer of America Inc., alleging the
manufacturer of the Metro bus was negligent in its design of the 2001 model
vehicle Gamboa drove.
The bus had faulty seat belts and a "lack of
crashworthiness,'' the suit states.
A representative of Hermosa Beach Towing could not be immediately reached.
The crash occurred shortly after 5 a.m. June 12 at 457 S. Broadway, near
Adhami ran a red light and struck Gamboa's bus, the suit states.
Sotero said Gamboa -- who was just starting her route -- was the only
occupant on the bus at the time of the crash.
The 30-year-old trucker may have been going about twice the posted 30-
mph speed limit in the area, according to media reports.
As a result of the crash, a fire hydrant was sheared, and the tow
truck crashed into a 7-Eleven store. A store employee was evaluated at the
scene, but was not injured.