Survivor of DE horror crash says his seat belt saved his life


A New Jersey woman is the sole survivor of a horrific DE vehicle crash, which took the lives of her husband and four children on Friday, according to KTLA sister station WPIX in NY.

Authorities in DE said the family was driving north on Route 1 in their minivan around 4 p.m. when a work truck crossed the center grass median, slammed into another auto and then collided with the minivan. The children were identified as 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-olds Melissa and Allison.

Mary Rose Ballocanag, Trinidad's 53-year-old wife and mother of their children, was in the passenger seat and survived.

Police identified the driver of the truck as 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard III of East New Market, Maryland. The driver of the other auto involved has been identified as 24-year old Brian C. Kern of Bethlehem, Pa.

His passenger, a 30-year-old male from Hurlock, MD, was properly restrained and was also transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials in DE have identified the driver of the truck as a Maryland resident, but no charges have been filed.

"It just hurts. All I have is just the memories", he said.

TEANECK, New Jersey-This candlelight vigil was organized by Teaneck High School friends of Danna Trinidad, coming together in Votee Park to grieve collectively about the five Trinidad lives lost on a DE highway as a pickup truck crossed the median and slammed into them.

"They're a God-fearing family".

Audi's brother, Daniel Trinidad, told The New York Post that the family was devastated over the sudden loss. The family was returning home after a vacation.

Friends of the Trinidad family set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs and Mary Rose's medical bills.

"They go to church every Sunday, they were loved by neighbors and classmates", said Daniel Trinidad. I don't think she wishes she was alive. "They're all gone, gone". "They're really great students and they had fantastic opportunities, I can't believe this happened to them", said Stinger.

The driver of the Sienna, a 61-year-old man from Teaneck, NJ, was wearing a shoulder harness and was pronounced deceased at the scene. "She knows. The thing that she doesn't know is that my brother and two of the girls are unrecognizable (at the morgue)".