A father who died along with his four daughters in a DE highway crash was a native of the Philippines and U. S. Navy veteran who settled in New Jersey to raise his family.
Police said the family was riding in a minivan along SR 1 near Townsend when a southbound work truck crossed the median for unknown reasons and hit the northbound minivan and another vehicle.
20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison; died when a pickup truck crossed a median on a DE highway Friday and struck the family's minivan head-on.
The operator of the Sable, a 24-year-old male from Bethlehem PA, was transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. The other adult is in the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
'It's certainly heartbreaking as you can imagine, ' Delaware State Police Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe told NBC 10. 'Those of us that have families and children, I mean, I feel so bad for this family. "And they were really great students and they had awesome opportunities and I can't believe this happened to them".
Authorities on Sunday identified the wrong-way driver of the pickup truck that crashed head-on into a minivan on a DE highway, killing a New Jersey dad and his four daughters.
The mayor spoke about the loss of Audie Trinidad and his four daughters, ages 13-to-20 years.
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The father's and daughters' bodies were unrecognizable after the crash, Audie Trinidad's brother, Daniel Trinidad, told The Post. The family was returning home after a vacation. None of them were wearing seat belts.
A GoFundMe page for funeral expenses and hospital costs has raised more than $200,000. "He goes to church every Sunday".
Hundreds gathered in a Teaneck, NJ, park for a candlelight vigil to remember the Trinidad family Saturday night.
"It's sad, but it doesn't surprise me", she said, adding that the stretch of the highway sees frequent crashes.
"They're all gone now". My brother texted me a picture of the blue crabs they ate on 4th of July. His passenger who was also treated and released.
"I live in Miami and when I came here everyone on the street said Audie was the sweetest and nicest neighbor", he says, 59.