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Mother killed in Billerica crash was working her first day on the job

Leezandra Aponte died today in the crash in Billerica.Handout

BILLERICA — It was Leezandra Aponte’s first day on the job, a temporary position she had taken to help pay for her daughter Valeria’s quinceañera, a 15th birthday celebration.

A few hours into her shift Wednesday, Aponte was fatally struck by a Jeep SUV that crashed into the crowd at the Lynnway Auto Auction, her brother told reporters outside Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

“Her first day on the job and this is what happens,” Orlando Aponte said.

Two other people were killed in the crash, which authorities said appeared to be accidental. At least nine others were injured. Authorities have not identified the victims.


Aponte, who was in her 30s, had three children, her brother said. She lived in Lowell, and was originally from Puerto Rico.

She was a great mother, Orlando Aponte said through tears. Her son had just graduated from high school and was joining the military. Her daughters were in high school. She had just gotten back from vacation with her girls, and on Tuesday had visited her mother.

“She loved to decorate,” Orlando Aponte said. “She was awesome at decorating. She loved to dance. She was a happy person.”

The family was told she died quickly, Orlando Aponte said. They took comfort knowing she didn’t suffer, he said.

Cristela Guerra can be reached at cristela.guerra@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CristelaGuerra.