Five family members from New Jersey killed in Delaware Route 1 crash

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

A man from Bethlehem says post-traumatic stress after surviving a crash that killed five people in Delaware Friday caused him to jump out of a moving vehicle hours later, reports the Morning Call.

Police say Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad and her husband and the couple's four daughters were traveling northbound on Route 1 when a maroon pickup truck cross the center median into oncoming traffic slamming into the family's Toyota Sienna minivan.

Authorities have identified the victims in the van as 61-year-old Navy veteran Audie Trinidad and his four daughters: 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-olds Melissa and Allison.

Mary Rose Ballocanag, the 53-year-old wife and mother, suffered multiple broken bones but is expected to survive.

The driver of the other vehicle involved was Brian Kern, 24, of Bethlehem.

Police say the mother was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police are still investigating the case and charges have not been filed. "When I found out, I just couldn't believe it at first", said Amber Dow, friend of Danna Trinidad.

A New Jersey wife and mother was the only survivor of a crash in DE that took the lives of her husband and four daughters.

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- Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) July 7, 2018Mary Rose Trinidad relative: 'They're a God-fearing family.

Audi's brother, Daniel Trinidad, told The New York Post that the family was devastated over the sudden loss.

The Trinidad family were on their way home from the beach.

Both Trinidad and Ballocanag had been wearing seat belts; at least some of the daughters were not, police said.

A GoFundMe page for funeral expenses and hospital costs has raised more than $200,000. "They touched our lives in many ways". As of early Saturday evening, the effort had raised almost three times its $10,000 goal. We don't know how we will cope once reality sets in. He received a photo of the family eating blue crabs on July 4.

"They go to church every Sunday, they were loved by neighbors and classmates", said Daniel Trinidad. The wrong-way driver has been identified as 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard Jr. of Maryland. Their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable, ' he said.

A vigil was held in the borough Saturday night and Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin spoke during the vigil, calling on the community to rally around the family during this time of tragedy.

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