The Filipino-American Society of Teaneck in Bergen County, New Jersey recently held a vigil as they mourn for the death of a New Jersey father and his four daughters after colliding head-on with a pick-up truck last week.
The fatal road accident happened Friday at around 4:00 p.m. on Route 1 in Townsend, Delaware as the family was driving back from their vacation.
According to the police, the pickup truck, driven by 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard Jr. from East New Market, Maryland, crossed over the median and drove the wrong way before it eventually crashed into an oncoming vehicle, causing it to spin as it continued to travel the wrong way and hit the family’s minivan, ABC7 New York reported.
The fatal collision took the lives of the family’s father, 61-year-old Filipino-American father Audie Trinidad, and his four daughters: 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna, and 14-year-old twins Melissa and Allison.
Their mother, 53-year-old Mary Rose Trinidad, was the only survivor of the tragic crash, and was taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. She suffered serious injuries.
Friends of the family, as well as the girls’ classmates and the community gathered on Saturday to hold a vigil to mourn.
Audie’s brother, Danny, also flew from Florida after hearing what happened.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with my sister-in-law. How she’s going to live by herself. I don’t know. She can’t take it. All the memories and everything. Her husband is gone. All her kids are gone. I don’t know how she’s going to handle it,” he told reporters.
“He goes to church every Sunday. Loved by his neighbors. So are the kids, they were loved by their classmates and friends? Why?” Danny said about his brother, who he describes as a “God-fearing man.”
Sources close to the family told Eyewitness News that Audie worked as a postal worker while Mary Rose is a nurse at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. The family’s oldest daughter, Kaitlyn, was studying to become a nurse at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx.
Hubbard, and his passenger in the pickup truck, a 30-year-old man from Hurlock, Maryland, were treated at the hospital and were soon later released with non-life threatening injuries. No official word yet if there will be charges filed against the driver of the truck.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page to support Mary Rose has been set up.