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

Pauline Gross
July 10, 2018

44, was behind the wheel of the red Ford F-350 that strayed into an oncoming lane of traffic on Route 1 and clipped one auto before slamming head-on into the minivan carrying Audie Trinidad, his four daughters and their mother, the sole survivor from the brood, cops said.

Audie Trinidad, 61, and their daughters - Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa -were killed on a DE highway in their minivan when a pickup truck going the opposite direction crossed over the median and slammed into their vehicle, ABC News 7 reported. Four sisters, Kaitlyn Trinidad, 20; Danna, 17; twins Melissa and Allison, 14 and their father, Audie - a postal worker - were all killed.

The 53-year-old mother was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The truck driver, a 44-year-old Maryland man, was treated and released from the hospital.

Police said the crash was reported at 3:47 p.m. north of Pine Tree Road.

As word spread, the community in Teaneck held a memorial on Saturday night, during which they swapped stories about the Trinidads. He opened the vehicle door and jumped out, said the report. "She said it was finally sinking in that they're gone forever". Police said a pickup truck crossed over the median, drove the wrong way, struck a auto, causing it to spin out of control before colliding into the family's minivan.

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DuHadaway had been driving four cars behind the pickup when it clipped another vehicle, then became airborne as it struck the median.

His mother said the family was "faithful" and were "good" people before going on to mention that the lone survivor, Trinidad's wife and mother of the children, Mary Rose Ballocanag, was in her thoughts.

Family members said Audie Trinidad's journey was in many ways the realization of the American Dream.

Trinidad's brother, Daniel, told the New York Post his sister-in-law remains in the hospital with multiple fractures and knows "her entire family has been wiped out".

In New Jersey, grieving family members were still struggling to understand what happened. "I'm just praying for her".

A GoFundMe for the family's funeral arrangements has already more than $180,000. "Out of the corner of my left eye, I see this F-350 truck wildly swerving in the median through the grass, and I knew it was coming right for us", Kern said. "They go to church". My brother texted me a picture of the blue crabs they ate on 4th of July. It had raised $220,000 of its $250,000 goal on Tuesday morning. Their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable'.

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