Car crash in Delaware involving Filipino family kills father, four daughters 

Photo from Trinidad Family Tragedy & Support Gofundme page.

A Filipino man and his four daughters have died after getting into a car crash in Delaware, United States on Saturday.

The man has been identified as 61-year-old Audie Trinidad who was driving back home to New Jersey with his family from a vacation in Ocean City, Maryland, CBS News reported.

They were on a highway in Delaware when a pick-up truck going the opposite direction crossed over to the other lane and hit the minivan the Trinidad family was riding. The crash happened at around 3:47pm on Friday, U.S. time.

Also killed in the crash were Audie’s four daughters Kaitlyn, 20 years old; Danna, 17 years old; and twins Allison and Melissa, both 13 years old.

According to CBS News, the father was wearing a seatbelt but the daughters, who were in the back seats were not. All five reportedly died on the spot.

The mother, 53-year-old Mary Rose Ballocanag, was wearing a seatbelt while seated in front and survived the crash. She is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, reported.

The same story reported that Delaware State Police have identified the pick-up truck driver as Alvin S. Hubbard Jr., a 44-year-old from Maryland.

Before the Trinidads, Hubbard also hit the vehicle of 24-year-old Brian C. Kern. The car spun out of control but Kern only sustained minor injuries.

A family relative told CBS News that the family had been living in Teaneck, New Jersey for more than 20 years. A day after the crash, the community held a vigil for the family.

Members of the community have also launched a GoFundMe page to help support the mother. It has now raised US$152,638 (more than PHP8 million) as of this article’s posting.

The incident is still currently under investigation and no charges have been filed.

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