Teaneck community mourns 5 family members killed in crash

Police: 4 kids,1 adult killed in Townsend, Del. crash

Police: 4 kids,1 adult killed in Townsend, Del. crash

Authorities say Mr. Audie Trinidad, Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, Melissa and Allison, both 14, were all killed when a wrong-way driver of a pickup truck struck their minivan on a DE road Friday.

Mary Rose was taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, with serious injuries after the crash, reports said.

Kern was not seriously injured when the rear of his auto was struck by the pickup truck Friday afternoon on Route 1 in Townsend, Del.

According to relatives, the family had been headed back from a vacation Friday afternoon when the crash happened. Trinidad, a U.S. Navy veteran, was a postal worker in the Bronx. Ballocanag is a nurse at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.

"I don't know how my sister-in-law will take this", Daniel Trinidad said. Melissa Jaffe said police didn't immediately know the ages of the children or what part of New Jersey the family is from.

The family was identified by Audie Trinidad's brother, Danny, who arrived in Teaneck on Saturday from his home in North Miami Beach, Florida.

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Audie and his daughters were pronounced dead at the scene. Ballocanag wept to her friend from her hospital bed, "They're all gone", Ballocanag's friend told him.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. The husband and wife were properly restrained in the vehicle, police say, but their four daughters were not.

Hubbard Jr., 44, of East New Market, Maryland, was behind the wheel of the Ford F-350 that crossed the grassy strip dividing lanes of Route 1, near Townsend in New Castle County, said Master Cpl. The minivan carrying the Trinidad family broadsided the truck, flipping over the work vehicle on impact, the firefighter said.

"It's sad, but it doesn't surprise me", she said, adding that the stretch of the highway sees frequent crashes.

People close to the family have since created a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $162,000 to help cover funeral costs and Mary Rose's medical bills.

He added, "Every summer, they went on field trips - Orlando, Six Flags", he continued. "They go to church", he said said. "They're really great students and they had wonderful opportunities, I can't believe this happened to them", said Stinger. On Saturday, the girls' classmates, along with the Filipino American Society of Teaneck organized a vigil, because they are hurting, too - along with all of Teaneck.

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