The brother of the New Jersey man who was killed along with his four daughters in a multi-car crash on Friday says that "they were the most special family" and were beloved by everyone who knew them.
The 44-year-old from East New Market, Md., was driving a Ford F-350 south on Route 1 in Townsend, Del., at 3:45 p.m. on Friday when he lurched over the median, struck a Mercury Sable and skid into the path of a Toyota Sienna minivan, Delaware State Police said Sunday.
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 DE state highway.
Mary Rose Trinidad, 53, was admitted to hospital with serious injuries and is now in stable condition and alert.
Hubbard, and his passenger in the pickup truck, a 30-year-old man from Hurlock, Maryland, were treated at the hospital and were soon later released with non-life threatening injuries. His wife was transported to a local area hospital where she was admitted with serious injuries. Charles "C.R." McLeod, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Transportation, said Route 1 was closed in both directions for 17 miles for hours after the crash.
A vigil was held in the borough Saturday night and Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin spoke during the vigil, calling on the community to rally around the family during this time of tragedy.
First, it swerved into the left shoulder, he said, touching the rumble strips before moving back into the middle of the lane. They're all gone, gone, ' the relative said.
Family members said Trinidad grew up in the Philippines and had come to the United States in 1987. The passenger auto came to a rest in the center median. Mary Rose Trinidad work as a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital.
"She's still under a lot of pain medicine", Audie's brother, Danny Trinidad, of Miami, told NJ Advance Media on Sunday. News outlets identify her as 53-year-old Mary Rose Ballocanag. We don't know how we will cope once reality sets in.
'I was sitting in the ER and my heart was just pouring out to them when I heard about it.
People close to the family have since created a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $162,000 to help cover funeral costs and Mary Rose's medical bills. Their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable'.