New Jersey Mother Whose Husband and 4 Daughters Were Killed in Crash Released from Hospital


The girls were not wearing seatbelts.

A New Jersey woman who was the sole survivor of a Delaware crash that killed her husband and four daughters has been released from the hospital. 

Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53, of Teaneck, had been treated at Christiana Hospital following the July 6 crash on Route 1 in Townsend. She reportedly suffered several broken bones.

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 family's minivan was hit by a truck as they were driving home from vacation on a Delaware state highway.

Following the crash, the mother told a relative she was “jolted awake” and found her husband slumped behind the wheel with his head resting on her chest.

A Ford F-350 pickup truck, 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 it struck the Trinidad family's Toyota Sienna.

Hubbard and his 30-year-old passenger were both treated for minor injuries, police said. It is not clear what caused the crash.

The girls were not wearing seat belts, police said.

No charges have been filed in connection with the crash.

Cable barriers will be installed on Route 1 between Odessa and Smyrna to prevent future wrong-way crashes, authorities said.