NJ mom in stable condition after crash that killed husband, four daughters

NJ mom in stable condition after crash that killed husband
NJ mom in stable condition after crash that killed husband

The sole surviving family member involved in a fatal crash on Del. 1 near Townsend Friday afternoon remained in serious condition at a local hospital Saturday morning.

Her husband, Audie Trinidad, a 61-year-old postal worker, and their four daughters, Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa, were killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene.

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A press conference was held at Troop 9 in Odessa announcing that five members of a New Jersey family, including four children, were killed Friday, July 6, 2018 in a crash on Del. 1 near Townsend, Del. according to Delaware State Police.

Police said the father who was killed in the crash was driving and was wearing a seat belt, but his four daughters were not properly restrained.

COVERAGE OF THE CRASH.4 children, 1 adult from New Jersey family killed in Del. 1 crash.

Press conference on 5 killed in Del. 1 crash.


4 children, 1 adult in NJ family killed in Delaware crash

4 children, 1 adult in NJ family killed in Delaware crash

TOWNSEND, Del. – Five members of a New Jersey family, including four children, were killed Friday in a crash on a Delaware highway, according to state police.

The other adult who was in the vehicle was taken to a hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, news outlets reported Friday night.

State Police M. Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said police didn’t immediately know the ages of the children or what part of New Jersey the family is from.

The crash occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Route 1, the state’s major north-south artery, near Townsend.

She said the car came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family.

A few feet away was a maroon extended-cab pickup truck, which appeared to be a commercial vehicle, with its passenger side caved in.

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.

4 children, 1 adult in NJ family killed in Delaware crash

4 children, 1 adult in NJ family killed in Delaware crash

TOWNSEND, Del. – Five members of a New Jersey family, including four children, were killed Friday in a crash on a Delaware highway, according to state police.

The other adult who was in the vehicle was taken to a hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, news outlets reported Friday night.

State Police M. Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said police didn’t immediately know the ages of the children or what part of New Jersey the family is from.

The crash occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Route 1, the state’s major north-south artery, near Townsend.

She said the car came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family.

A few feet away was a maroon extended-cab pickup truck, which appeared to be a commercial vehicle, with its passenger side caved in.

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.

Father, 4 daughters killed in Delaware crash, mother survives

Father, 4 daughters killed in Delaware crash, mother survives

A New Jersey man and his four daughters, aged 13 to 20, have been killed in a crash in Delaware, state police said Saturday.

A friend of the family, Linda Douglas, identified the father as Audie Trinidad; the 20-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn; the 17-year-old daughter, Danna; and the two teen twins as Allison and Melissa, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

“The daughters were just so sweet to my family and had so much compassion for my daughters,” she said, according to the paper.

The Sable came to rest on the median, while the pickup continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey man and his family, Jaffe said.

The driver of the pickup, a 44-year-old man from East New Market, Maryland, and his passenger were treated and released, police said.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, police said.

The Delaware State Park Police Collision Reconstruction unit was leading the investigation.

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