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Stuntwoman, 28, killed in freeway motorcycle crash

April 6, 2010 |  5:49 pm

A 28-year-old stuntwoman was killed Tuesday in Studio City after she fell off her motorcycle and was hit by another vehicle, authorities said.

April Erin Stirton was riding her motorcycle west on the 101 Freeway near the Laurel Canyon Boulevard exit about 7:40 a.m. when she attempted to pass a tow truck ahead of her in the same lane, Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said.

Stirton lost control, fell off her bike and was struck by the back wheels of the tow truck, California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez said. Her motorcycle then skidded two lanes over and became lodged under the rear wheels of another truck.

Stirton, a resident of North Hollywood, had been traveling at 55 mph. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

According to her online resume, Stirton had appeared as an acrobat in live shows and performed stunts on television shows, including “True Blood” and “CSI.”

-- Corina Knoll