'Devastated': Family of 5th Auto Auction Crash Victim Speaks - NECN


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'Devastated': Family of 5th Auto Auction Crash Victim Speaks

55-year-old Ruben Espaillat of Methuen, Mass. died from his injuries at Lahey Hospital on Saturday



    Family of the 5th LynnWay Victim Speaks

    In light of the death of the 5th victim in the LynnWay Auto Auction accident over a week ago, a family member speaks in remembrance. (Published Monday, May 15, 2017)

    Loved ones of the fifth person who died from his injuries sustained in the May 3 crash at the LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, are speaking out.

    According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's office, 55-year-old Ruben Espaillat of Methuen died from his injuries at Lahey Hospital on Saturday.

    Espaillat's sister, Miriam Matos, described his family as "devastated" by his passing.

    "We weren't expecting this, his leaving us," she said. "We thought he was going to recuperate."

    5th Person Dead After LynnWay Crash in Billerica, Mass.

    [NECN] 5th Person Dead After LynnWay Crash

    A 5th person has died in the wake of a May 3 accident where a Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control and slammed into the LynnWay Auto Auction building in Billerica, Massachusetts where a large crowd was gathered.

    (Published Saturday, May 13, 2017)

    She said this time was bittersweet for the family because his twin grandchildren were born the day after he died.

    "He was expecting" to be a grandfather, she said. "He was very happy, and had a lot of plans for the future."

    Four people had previously died in connection to the accident, when an employee lost control of a Jeep Grand Cherokee and drove into the LynnWay building and the crowd inside.

    Brenda Lopez, 48, and Pantaleon Santos, 49, both of Rhode Island, died at the scene. Thirty-six-year-old Leezandra Aponte of Lowell died from her injuries later that day.

    Elliott Rowlands Jr., 50, succumbed to his injuries at Lahey Clinic on May 10, a week after the accident.

    Seven others were hospitalized.

    Family, Friends Mourn Latest Victim of Auto Auction Crash

    [NECN] Family, Friends Mourn Latest Victim of Auto Auction Crash

    Family and friends are mourning the loss of Elliott Rowlands Jr., the fourth victim to die from injuries sustained in the auto auction crash in Billerica, Massachusetts.

    (Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017)

    Espaillat's death comes just days after the auto auction company held a prayer service to honor the other victims in the crash.

    The employee who was driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time of the accident has previously told us the vehicle "took off all by itself."

    The driver, who is not being named by NBC Boston, had a suspended license at the time of the crash, but said he had no idea of his status.

    "I'm very upset, and very unhappy and very, very sorry about what happened and who got hurt," he told us.

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