LANCASTER – A 51-year-old woman riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle was killed Saturday when the vehicle crashed on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said.
The incident happened around 12:12 p.m. on the northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway, north of Avenue J, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Tony L. Tapparo, 60, of La Habra, was driving a 2007 Yamaha in the No. 2 lane at approximately 70 miles per hour when he noticed that the rear end of his bike “felt funny,” according to the CHP report.
Tapparo and his wife, 51-year-old Julie, were thrown from the motorcycle onto the east shoulder.
Julie L. Tapparo suffered major head trauma and died from her injuries. Tony Tapparo sustained broken ribs and abrasions to his left arm.
Both Tapparos were wearing DOT approved helmets, the CHP report states.