Mother survives fatal crash that claims husband, four daughters in Delaware

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 10:04:43-04

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

The crash, according to the Associated Press, happened on Friday when the family was returning home from a trip to Ocean City, Maryland. 

Delaware State Police say that the five family members were killed after a pickup truck crossed the median of U.S. Route 1 in Townsend, Delaware, struck a car and then the family’s minivan.

Audie Trinidad, 61, and his four daughters, Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and Melissa and Allison, 13-year-old twins were killed during the crash. The wife and mother, identified as 53-year-old Mary Rose, survived the crash and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. 

Delaware State Police said in a press release that the four daughters were not properly restrained at the time of the accident. Both parents were wearing seat belts.

The driver of the pickup truck was treated and released from the hospital. No charges have been filed.

In an interview with the New York Post, Trinidad’s brother said that the mother is aware of what has happened to her family. According to the brother, Mary Rose called a friend right after the crash and had cried saying, "They’re all gone."

A candlelight vigil was held in the family’s hometown of Teaneck, New Jersey on Saturday.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family pay for expenses. As of Monday, funds gathered had reached almost $170,000.