Motorcyclist, Sergio Olaguez, along with Caroline Chen, an Oak Park woman driving a 2005 Honda Accord, died in a tragic Tarzana accident, in which the motorcyclist wound up in the passenger seat of the Honda. The fatal crash occurred near the intersection of Collins Street and Reseda Boulevard, around 11 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, April 12, 2015.


The two victims of this deadly motorcycle wreck were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The Honda driver has now been identified as Caroline Chen, age 60, of Oak Park, by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. Olaguez was a Tarzana resident. No others were injured in the accident.


This fatal motor vehicle accident occurred when the speeding motorcycle slammed the Honda in the driver’s door, throwing Olaguez through the driver’s window, where the motorcyclist’s body struck the driver of the car and ultimately landed in the passenger seat, killing both of them. A Los Angeles Police Department representative described the scene to news sources as “horrific,” a “very high speed accident” with a “rare” results, as most motorcycle crashes with automobiles result in the rider being launched over the vehicle, not through it.

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