TOWNSEND, Del. (AP/WJZ) — A Delaware highway crash that killed a New Jersey man and his four daughters is still under investigation.
The family was returning from a trip to Ocean City, Maryland, Friday on U.S. Route 1 when Delaware State Police say a pickup truck crossed the median for unknown reasons and hit the family’s minivan and another car.
Police identified the driver of the truck as 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard III of East New Market, Maryland. No charges have been filed.
Police identified the father as 61-year-old Audie Trinidad of Teaneck, New Jersey. News outlets identified the daughters as 20-year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison.
Police say the mother was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Trinidad’s brother, Daniel, told the New York Post “their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable.”
“They’re a God fearing family,” he said. “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.”
A family friend, Linda Douglas, who set up a GoFundMe for the family, told NJ.com that Audie Trinidad was “always the dad to pick everyone up in the minivan … We traded off, but no matter whose sweet 16 it was, you could always count on Audie.”
A vigil was held for the family Sunday in their hometown. The mother is still recovering from the crash.
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