New Jersey Mom Survives Crash That Killed Her Husband and 4 Daughters
She is in stable condition, reports said.
A New Jersey mother survived a crash that killed her husband and four daughters Friday.
Mary Rose Ballocanag, her husband Audie Trinidad, 61 and their daughters — Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa — were driving home to Teaneck on a Delaware highway when a vehicle struck their minivan.
"We will never see them again," the dad’s brother, Daniel Trinidad, told the New York Post. "I’m trying to keep it together. We don’t know how we will cope once reality sets in. They’re all gone, gone."
The family was reportedly returning from a Fourth of July holiday trip at about 4 p.m. when an F-350 pickup truck crossed the median and struck a northbound car, which spun out of control. The pickup truck continued traveling southbound on the wrong side of the road when it collided with the Trinidad family’s Toyota Sienna.
Ballocanag and her husband were properly restrained in the vehicle, but their four daughters were not, police said.
Ballocanag was taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, with serious injuries after the crash, reports said. She is now is stable and alert condition, ABC News reported.
"To lose four children in a crash ... it's just unheard of," Delaware State Police Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe said.
The driver of the pickup, a 44-year-old Maryland, was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the truck was also treated.
It is not clear if the driver of the pickup will be charged in connection with the crash. Authorities said they are investigating whether impairment was a factor.
A GoFundMe for the family’s funeral arrangements has already raised more than $85,000 of its $100,000 goal.
A candlelight vigil will be held for the family at Milton A. Votee Park in Teaneck, New Jersey, Sunday night.
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