A former Youngstown resident who was convicted during a police pursuit and ensuing bomb threat in 2008 caused a fatal crash Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles when his tow truck smashed into a metro bus, according to Los Angeles news reports.
Yousef A. Adhami, 43, of Gardena, Calif., and formerly of Youngstown, drove his flatbed tow truck through a red light in downtown Los Angeles at about 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to reports.
His truck crashed into a bus that smashed a fire hydrant, which sent water spewing into the air. Adhami’s truck then slammed into a the front entrance of a nearby convenience store.
The metro bus driver, Olivia Gamboa, 47, was killed. Gamboa was the only person in the bus at the time and police found her face down in water from the hydrant.
Adhami was taken to a Los Angeles hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Reports said Adhami had no valid driver’s license or operating permit. His tow truck company was also not licensed with the city, reports said.
WKBN archives show Adhmai refused to stop after officers tried pulling him over for speeding at about 11 p.m. Jan. 8, 2008, in Hubbard Township. He kept driving until he crashed his car in Lackawannock Township, Pa.
Police surrounded Adhami in a corn field when he threatened to detonate a bomb that he claimed was strapped to his body. Police pepper sprayed him and no explosives were found.
Adhami was sentenced to 70 days in the Mercer County Jail after pleading guilty to fleeing and eluding and making terroristic threats. He was released from jail following the sentencing hearing after getting credit for time served.