A New Jersey mother who survived a crash that left her husband and four daughters dead is struggling to come to terms with her devastating loss.
"Auntie, I’m alone," Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53, told her aunt, Lydia Agas, after the accident, the New York Post reported.
Ballocanag’s husband, Audie Trinidad, 61 and their daughters — Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa — were killed as the the family's minivan was hit by a truck as they were driving home from vacation on a Delaware state highway.
The mother told Agas she “jolted awake” after the horrific July 6 crash to see her husband slumped behind the wheel with his head resting on her chest.
A Ford F-350 pickup truck, which was driven by 44-year-old Alvin S. Hubbard Jr., crossed over a median on the highway and began driving southbound in a northbound lane when the vehicle struck the Trinidad family's Toyota Sienna, police said.
A 30-year-old passenger with Hubbard in the pickup truck was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital, police said. It is not clear what caused the crash.
Police are still investigating the case and charges have not been filed.
Ballocanag, a nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, suffered several broken bones and remains in the hospital, the paper reported.
“She knows they are all gone, but she is under heavy sedation, so it’s not sinking in yet," said Audie’s brother, Daniel Trinidad. “I am not sure she’ll be able to even stay at this house without her husband and kids.”
A candlelight vigil was held for the family at Milton Votee Park in Teaneck, New Jersey, Sunday night.
A GoFundMe for the family’s funeral arrangements has already more than $180,000. The money will reportedly go toward funeral costs and hospital bills for Ballocanag.