A Teaneck, NJ dad and his four daughters were killed when a wrong-way pickup truck slammed into their minivan on a Delaware highway.
Audie Marquez Trinidad, 61, and daughters Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and 14-year-old twins Melissa and Allison were killed, grieving relatives and friends said. Their mom, Mary Rose, suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, officials said.
The family had been returning from a trip to Ocean City, Maryland.
Audie’s brother, Daniel Trinidad, flew in from Miami early Saturday.
“I’m trying to keep it together. We don’t know how we will cope once reality sets in. They’re all gone, gone,” he said.
“They’re a God fearing family. 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. Their bodies in the morgue are unrecognizable.”
The Friday afternoon crash occurred when a southbound pickup truck crossed the median, striking the family’s minivan, which landed on the median, a Delaware state police spokeswoman said.
Showtime actress Sara Contreras of the show “Latin Diva of Comedy” who knew Danna Trinidad, paid tribute to the girl on social media.
“Danna, a lovely and brilliant Teaneck HS student and beloved friend of my extended family, was killed yesterday along with her three sisters and father in a car accident,” Contreras wrote on Instagram Saturday. “Make everyday a new opportunity to value yourself, your family and your friends. Life is too precious and it can all be taken in a second. We grieve as a community for this beautiful family. Its incredibly sad and incomprehensible.”
A memorial was slated for 9 p.m. Saturday at Votee Park in Teaneck, according to a report.
Photographs from the scene of the crash showed the van with massive front-end-damage. The vehicle’s roof appeared to have been cut off by rescue workers and was lying upside down on the ground nearby. A few feet away was a maroon extended-cab pickup truck, which appeared to be a commercial vehicle, with its passenger side caved in.
SOURCE: NY Post, Angel Chevrestt and Jennifer Bain