NJ father, 4 daughters killed in DE crash identified

Four sisters, Kaitlyn Trinidad, 20; Danna, 17; twins Melissa and Allison, 14 and their father, Audie - a postal worker - were all killed. News outlets identify her as 53-year-old Mary Rose Trinidad.

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.

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

The Trinidad family was driving home from a family vacation in Ocean City, Maryland at the time of the crash. Ballocanag, on the other hand, is a nurse at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.

"She wasn't on medicine then so she wasn't groggy and was able to cry", says Daniel, 59.

"They're a God-fearing family".

The father's and daughters' bodies were unrecognizable after the crash, Audie Trinidad's brother, Daniel Trinidad, told The Post.

Audie Trinidad, who grew up in the Philippines, served in the Navy for seven years after moving to the United States in 1987.

The auto came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family, Jaffe said. Ballocanag wept to her friend from her hospital bed, "They're all gone", Ballocanag's friend told him. The husband and wife were properly restrained in the vehicle, police say, but their four daughters were not.

Delaware State Police are still investigating the crash. The driver of the pickup, a 44-year-old man from East New Market, Maryland, was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He said the Trinidad family's minivan could not avoid T-boning the truck.

"They didn't get to grow up and experience life as an adult".

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page to support Mary Rose has been set up. "They're all gone in the blink of an eye".

The family's vehicle was traversing the Delaware Highway 1 on Friday when a pick-up truck crossed the road's grassy median and hit them, said Ballocanag's aunt, Lydia Agas.

"The Lord took too many angels from us yesterday. Why?" The girls' classmates organized the vigil, along with the Filipino American Society of Teaneck.

  • Rogelio Becker