Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

New Jersey mother survives DE crash that killed husband, 4 daughters

New Jersey mother survives DE crash that killed husband, 4 daughters

61-year-old Audie Trinidad of Teaneck, N.J. was killed along with his four children: 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and two 13-year-olds, Melissa and Allison.

Mother Mary Rose Trinidad, 53, survived and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Audie Trinidad was driving a 1999 Toyota Sienna minivan north on Highway 1 near Townsend, Delaware, when it collided with a Ford F-350, driven by a 44-year-old Maryland man, Delaware State Police said in a press release. The truck went into oncoming traffic and hit a vehicle.

The week-long trip to Ocean City, Maryland, was the real start of summer for the Trinidads, the latest iteration of a sun-, crab- and family-filled tradition that had endured even as four daughters hurtled toward adulthood. He had come to the United States and served in the Navy on the USS Mount Whitney before settling into a career as a U.S. Postal Service worker, according to

"'I'm trying to keep it together", Daniel Trinidad told the New York Post.

An off-duty firefighter who witnessed the crash said the utility truck had crossed the median and struck another vehicle before the family's minivan plowed into its side. "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.

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

He clipped the back of Kern's Mercury Sable before veering off towards the minivan that was carrying six members of the Trinidad family of Teaneck, New Jersey. "My brother and the kids go to church every Sunday". Police say the husband and wife were properly restrained with seat belts, but their four daughters were not. It was the last the family heard from them.

- The man who was behind the wheel in a truck that crashed into a minivan in DE was identified Monday by police as Alvin S. Hubbard Jr. of East New Market, Maryland. "They were the picturesque family, they really were", says Roselyn Ortiz.

Kern says he is now a proponent of seatbelt safety, as he believes that may have helped save his life. The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed, police said.

A GoFundMe for the family's funeral arrangements has already raised more than $85,000 of its $100,000 goal. I don't know. She can't take it. God needs more angels.

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