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Former Youngstown man accused in deadly California crash

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A former Youngstown resident convicted of making terrorist threats in 2008, allegedly caused a deadly crash in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Witnesses say the driver of the flatbed tow truck was speeding when he ran a red light, plowing into a metro bus, and sending it into a fire hydrant, killing the 47-year-old female bus driver.

According to police the man behind the wheel of that tow truck was 43-year-old Yousef Adhami; the owner of Hermosa Beach Towing.

Authorities say he was driving without a valid driver's license, and according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, did not possess a motor carrier permit that is needed to legally operate a tow truck in California.

Adhami is a former resident of Youngstown with a criminal past.

In 2008, he led police on a high speed chase from Hubbard, Ohio to Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

At the time, Adhami was cornered in a cornfield and told officers who tried to arrest him that he had a bomb strapped to his body.

There was no bomb and Adhami pled guilty to fleeing police and to making terroristic threats.

Adhami is expected to face serious charges for the fatal crash in California. He's currently hospitalized in critical condition with head injuries.

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