Car Crash Kills New Jersey Father and 4 Daughters, Leaving Mother Behind


A devastated New Jersey mother was the only member of her family to survive a multi-car crash that occurred in Delaware on Friday and took the lives of her husband and four daughters.


Mary Rose Trinidad, her husband Audie Trinidad, 61 and their daughters — Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa —were driving on a Delaware highway in their minivan when a pickup truck going the opposite direction crossed over the median and slammed into their vehicle, ABC News 7 reported.


The family of six were returning home to Teaneck, New Jersey after going on a trip to Ocean City, Maryland according to the New York Post, who spoke with Audie’s brother, Daniel Trinidad.


“I’m trying to keep it together. We don’t know how we will cope once reality sets in. They’re all gone, gone,” he told the outlet.


“They’re a God fearing family. They go to church. My brother texted me a picture of the blue crabs they ate on 4th of July. They’re all gone in the blink of an eye,” he continued, adding that “Their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable.”


Mary Rose was taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware where she was admitted with serious injuries, admABC News 7 reported. She is currently alert and in stable condition.



While Audie and “his 53-year-old wife” were properly restrained at the time of the crash, their four daughters were not, said Jaffe. Audie and his daughters were pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not announced by police whether Audie or Mary Rose were driving.


The investigation into the crash, which is being performed by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, is still ongoing, according to Jaffe’s statement.


There is currently no word on if charges will be filed, according to ABC News 7.


Sara Conteras, who starred in Showtime’s 2008 comedy special OriginalLatin Divas of Comedy, shared a touching Instagram tribute for the family’s 17-year-old daughter Danna on Saturday, describing her as “a lovely and brilliant Teaneck HS student and beloved friend of my extended family.”

A GoFundMe page created to raise funds for the mother has been set up in their honor, and is nearing $160,000.00.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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