UPDATED: Girl on Motorized Bike Fatally Struck by Cars

A young woman is hit by several vehicles at Sarah Street and Tujunga Avenue Thursday night. Police have not yet identified the woman.

Update, Monday, 3:37 p.m.: The victim's name is still being withheld pending notification of her family, which resides in New Zealand, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. However, a woman claiming to be the victim's great aunt identified the victim as Tarihira Van Auzkor on Sunday.


Update, Friday 11:10 a.m.: Police are still trying to identify the woman who was killed Thursday night after being struck by two cars while riding her motorbike. The causes of the crash are also still under investigation, according to an alert from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Anyone who may know the victim, or have information about the incident, is urged to contact LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8021. During non-business hours or on weekends, you can reach the LAPD at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


A young woman riding a motorized bike was killed Thursday when she ran a stop sign in North Hollywood and was struck by two vehicles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The woman, described as between 18-20 years old, was heading eastbound on Sarah Street around 7:34 p.m., said Sgt. William Kelley.

She ran a stop sign attempting to make a left turn onto northbound Tujunga Avenue when she was hit by an oncoming car in the number two southbound lane, he said.

That impact spun her into the southbound number one lane, where she was struck by another car, Kelly said.

The girl suffered massive head trauma and was transferred to a nearby hospital where she later died, he said. Her identity is still being verified, Kelly said.

The drivers of the vehicles that collided with her remained at the scene and were not under the influence, he said. The cars involved were a BMW and a Saturn SUV. Neither driver was seriously injured.

He said it is unknown at this time whether the female victim was under the influence.

Patch will keep you updated on this story.

Maribel Gonzalez August 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
So sad... very close to Reed MS... When will we catch a break? First the accident on Magnolia and now this... so tragic.
SMS August 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM
People drive like maniacs up and down Tujunga Avenue. They use it as their own personal drag strip. This is the third accident on this stretch of Tujunga in the last two weeks. Something needs to be done! As a result, bicyclists are too afraid to ride their bikes on the street and use the sidewalk instead. I have almost been hit by bicyclists riding their bikes on the sidewalk a few times.
Bob Peppermuller August 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Tujunga is a snail pace compared to Vineland between Magnolia and Camarillo. This is a race track for crotch rockets and BMWs, Audis. Two days ago I caught a crotch rocket doing a solid wheelie south bound and then make a u-turn at Huston and do the same northbound.
JAGR August 24, 2012 at 09:11 PM
My daughter sometimes walks from Reed...very scary...my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this poor girl...
James Holt August 25, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I live on that stretch of Tujunga (between the 101 and the 170) and SMS is right on. Trying to turn into my driveway (as noted by the use of my turn signal and braking) has resulted in a dozen barely avoided rear end collisions as well as a dozen road rage incidents from drivers in such a rush to get onto the 101N that you'd think I'd just cut him off while giving him the finger. In addition to the douchebag speedsters... some genius at city planning made it much, much worse when they designated Tujunga from Sarah to Riverside a No Stropping Anytime zone about a month ago. What was bad before is now terrible... without the line of parked cars on the side of the street making us brake and pay attention, even if only at an unconscious level, the lack of them has become an invitation to race down this stretch of open road as fast you like. As horrible as this was, unless the city addresses the speeding problem on Tujunga and fixes it, there will be more accidents and more fatalities.
jessica heremia August 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
This was my beautifull cousin we were informed yesterday! Its unbelievable and yet still haven't come to terms with it.. Were bringing her home to newzealand! Just please let this be a note to some, abide by the traffic rules and make sure to take pre-cautions, Your here today but can be gone the next, thankyou those who have giving there condolences x
Doc Sab August 26, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I live just off Sarah and was leaving for dinner when I saw the young lady being lifted into the ambulance. It had just happened. It was a gruesome scene. There was blood in a large puddle on the ground and the bike was flat as a pancake. It stole our hearts. We were looking to see if they were doing CPR on her in the ambulance and did not see that happening... we wondered if she had already passed ... prior to being taken to St Joe's. We drove by the two scared boys in their blue BMW... and they looked petrified. I didn't notice the Saturn... but, the bicycle must have gone under the BMW as the front and back bumpers were torn off. The bicycle from my vantage point.... did not appear to be motorized, BUT... it was on it's side. Later that night the police had cordoned off the street and had flares set out. The street was closed from Riverside to the highway exit and part of Sarah. We had looked for some news on the internet for 3 days.... this is the FIRST piece of news on this tragic accident. Having 2 horrible accident in such close proximity in 2 days is incredible. ENJOY EACH DAY OF YOUR LIFE.... No one gets up in the morning thinking that this would be their last day. Condolences to you and her family in New Zealand.
tanya carmouche August 26, 2012 at 08:40 AM
R.I.P Ty..you were an intelligent soul, with big dreams, full of life and love. I was honored to know you, and enjoyed your conversations. You will be truly missed. The talks we had were very uplifting, and full of wisdom. You were wise beyond your years, an old soul with a true heart of a warrior. Your Journey was a short one here. We can't keep asking WHY?, because only God knows...God had other plans for you. I will look for you in the stars and heavens..I'll know when I see you, you will be the one that is shining the brightest...Always in my thoughts and prayers..sending you light to keep spirit forever evolving...
jade tuapola August 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Thank you to all who were at the scene, this young lady was my grandniece Tarihira (Ty Dollface Van Auzkor). She had been raised in the States but her family originate from New Zealand, I am so shocked and grieved at the way my grandniece left us, the news report is so graphic that I just can't grieving. Once again please accept all of her family in New Zealand are also thinking about all her friends there but especially about her brother in Thailand. Please if anyone us information for the police could they please come forward we would not like another family to grieve the way we are, so far away and we can't see or touch her just look at the photographs on Facebook and that is no comfort for us. Regards, Ty grandaunt Ellenor...
jade tuapola August 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
thank you all love is very much aprreciated
tammara August 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I went to school with Ty at the Art Institute she was a very talented and high spirited girl. She knew exactly what she wanted from that school and demanded she got it. So sad to hear the news back in Iowa of her passing, my heart goes out to her family.
Roy David August 29, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Jade, With all love n condolonces ...I'm not only a friend but a real close friend of Ty, I cared for her much deeply n had the privilege of meeting her mon Athena n het step dad during lunch together...plz call me, I would like to speak to u n maybe her mother, she does know me. Loved Ty very much. 909 265 6545... My name is Roy David , thank u much.
Nikb9 August 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I am so sorry for your and your family's loss, Jessica and Ellenor. I walk my daughter to and from Reed on school days so we know the area. On Thursday night my daughter's classmate posted on Facebook that she had witnessed the accident, but I was unaware of where it happened. The next morning, while walking my daughter to school, we saw the memorial, but Ty had not yet been identified. I looked up the accident on the internet and found this article. My heart breaks for you, though I don't know you, and didn't know her because I have a 20 year old daughter. I've recently seen Ty's picture on the post there, and she was a beautiful girl. It's hard not to think of her everyday now when I walk my girl to school, and I'm always praying for safety for me, my girls, and all the kids who walk that creepy stretch to Walter Reed. My prayers are for you and your family, for God's comfort and healing through this heartbreaking and tragic time. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Christine Mabe September 02, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Such a good person who made me feel like I had a good friend after knowing her for such a short time, she gave me the courage to do things I've never done before. R.I.P.
Phil Lennon September 07, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I just found out about this. I am so very sorry the world lost such an amazing woman and battle buddy! I hope all of those in her life peace and serenity to continue to drive on. I went to school with her at Wentworth Military Academy. Her fellow cadets will miss her dearly no matter how far we've been in the last few years. We've all lost a great friend.


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