BILLERICA, MASSACHUSETTS (May 3, 2017) – Leezandra Aponte has been identified as one of the three people killed in a tragic accident at an auto auction on Wednesday morning, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened around 10:13 am at the Lynnway Auto Auction on Charter Way. A Jeep was being moved through the building by an employee of the auction when it suddenly accelerated, striking a wall and multiple people near the safe lane.
Three people, including Leezandra Aponte, were tragically pronounced dead as a result of the accident. Several people were in critical condition, but at least nine people suffered injuries and were hospitalized as a result of the accident.
An investigation into the incident has already begun. The employee operating the Jeep was described as a man in his 70s. This is not the first such incident at an auto auction. In 2015, multiple people were injured at an auto auction in Framingham, Massachusetts, when a 78 year old man accelerated suddenly into a crowd of people, injuring several. Nobody was killed in that incident, as opposed to Wednesday’s accident which tragically claimed three lives.
Initial investigations also show Lynnway Auctions has a history of OSHA violations for unsafe practices concerning their vehicles for sale. In 2014 they were fined for “failing to require the use of traffic control devices while employees performed maintenance tasks around moving vehicles.” Concerns have also been raised about the sudden acceleration recalls surrounding the 2006 Jeep. A 52 year old man was killed in 2006 when a Jeep Grand Cherokee ran over him in a car wash after an incident of sudden acceleration. The investigation into the tragic accident at Lynnway Auctions is underway at this time.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all the family members and friends of Leezandra Aponte as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”
We at Lexton Law Firm extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the victim in this tragic accident. We are so sorry for your loss. While we do handle personal injury cases, we write these blogs as an informative measure, to alert families that they may have a wrongful death claim. Choosing an attorney is a personal decision, and one we respect entirely. We would like the opportunity to help you through this difficult time. With decades of experience in the field of accidents, we are prepared to handle everything for you so that you do not have to worry about anything during this time of mourning. Gathering police and coroner’s reports, talking with insurance companies, and filing claims on your behalf are just some of the duties we would like to take off your shoulders. If you are interested, please call us today at (877) 864-6664. We are here to help you.