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Beatrice Kozera, girl in Kerouac book, dies at 92

FRESNO, Calif. — Beatrice Kozera, the Los Angeles-born woman whose fleeting relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac was chronicled in ‘‘On the Road,’’ has died. She was 92.

The woman also known to readers as ‘‘Terry, the Mexican girl’’ died Aug. 15 in Lakewood of natural causes, family friend Tim Hernandez said Monday.

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Hernandez said Ms. Kozera did not learn until she was 90 years old that her 15-day relationship with Kerouac in the farmworker labor camps of Selma in 1947 was featured in his famous Beat Generation novel. Hernandez said he tracked her down while researching her story for a book. He said he interviewed her several times after finding letters and a postcard she had written to Kerouac at the New York Public Library.

‘‘As far as she was concerned, she was a normal, ordinary person who at one point in her life met a man,’’ Hernandez said. ‘‘She never knew that this gentleman Kerouac ever became anything.’’

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