Mother survives auto crash that killed husband, 4 daughters

Frederick Owens
July 10, 2018

On their way back to New Jersey, however, tragedy struck on a DE highway, as a horrific vehicle crash took the lives of five of the six Trinidad family members - including all four daughters.

At 3:47 p.m. Friday, Kern was driving north on Route 1, a main route to DE and Maryland shore points, when a southbound pickup truck crossed over a grassy median and into northbound lanes.

The Trinidad family: Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, twins Melissa and Allison, 13 and their father, 61-year-old Navy Veteran Audie all died in the collision.

Police say the mother was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Two people in the truck were treated and released from the hospital.

Hubbard's pickup collided with a Mercury Sable driven by Brian C. Kern, 24, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, just as the Teaneck family's Toyota Sienna struck it, Jaffe said.

Jaffe said on Sunday afternoon that Hubbard and Kern were treated for minor injuries and released from an area hospital; she didn't know Ballocanag's condition.

Officials in DE have identified the driver of the truck as a Maryland resident, but no charges have been filed.

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Friends said a vigil was planned for 9 p.m. Saturday at Votee Park in Teaneck. He opened the vehicle door and jumped out, said the report.

"They go to church every Sunday, they were loved by neighbors and classmates", said Daniel Trinidad.

Police said the family was riding in a minivan along SR 1 near Townsend when a southbound work truck crossed the median for unknown reasons and hit the northbound minivan and another vehicle. The girls' mother took care of so many - she is a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital. "I'm so blessed to be with the Teaneck Community and grieving with you for the Trinidad family", Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin said during a program for the Trinidads. Their mother, Mary Rose Ballocanag, who was riding in the passenger seat, is the sole survivor. The passenger vehicle came to a rest in the center median.

"There were many, many, many bystanders and people that stopped to help", he said.

The family was driving back to New Jersey from vacation. We don't know how we will cope once reality sets in. "But I'm a paramedic as well and I'm the only first responder there".

A Go Fund Me page has raised $39,000 for the family so far. My brother texted me a picture of the blue crabs they ate on 4th of July.

'They're all gone in the blink of an eye.

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