LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The driver of a tow truck involved in a deadly crash with a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles did not have a valid license, authorities said on Thursday.
The crash happened just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday at 457 S. Broadway, and sent the tow truck careening into a 7-Eleven store.
Both the driver of the bus and the tow truck driver were transported to the hospital. A store employee suffered minor injuries.
The bus driver, identified as 47-year-old Olivia Gamboa, a 13-year Metro veteran, later died.
There was no one else on the bus at the time of the crash, an MTA spokesman said.
The driver of the tow truck, 43-year-old Yousef Adhami, remained hospitalized in grave condition.
Gamboa was trying to make a left-hand turn from 5th Street onto Broadway, according to investigators.
The tow truck driver was allegedly speeding and drove through a red light, witnesses said.
In addition to crashing into the convenience store, the truck also sheared off a fire hydrant, sending water shooting up into the air.
Adhami had multiple suspensions, and had surrendered his license during his last one, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. He also had a criminal record, according to police.
He was convicted in Pennsylvania in 2008 after leading officers on a high-speed chase and claiming he had explosives strapped to his body.
Meantime, there was a growing memorial at the crash site for Gamboa, who was mourned by friends, family and co-workers.
“She was a very beautiful woman, both inside and out. She had a beautiful heart,” one co-worker said.
Gamboa’s husband was also a Metro employee, and her daughter had apparently landed a job with the agency recently.