Motorcyclist dies after 3-story plunge from Southern California parking garage

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A woman riding a motorcycle in a mall parking structure died Monday after flying over the bike’s handlebars and falling several floors, authorities in Los Angeles confirmed.

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The incident occurred at the Westfield Town Center in Santa Clarita, KTTV reported.

According to KTLA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim only as a woman in her mid-20s.

The sheriff’s department initially reported that the woman was doing tricks before the fatal crash but has since determined friends who were teaching her to ride may have been the only ones performing stunts, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Sgt. Dave Shoemaker of the LASD confirmed to KTLA that the woman was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

“I know friends want to teach people, but if you’re that interested, take a professional course,” Shoemaker told the TV station.

According to KTLA, the department is working with mall officials to locate video that may confirm if the woman was learning how to ride rather than performing stunts.

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