Tragic upstate crash claims lives of five members of New Jersey family

TOWNSEND – Delaware State Police continue to investigate a multi-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on SR 1 in southern New Castle County that left five members of a New Jersey family dead, four of them children.

The crash near Townsend occurred about 3:47 p.m. July 6 when a southbound Ford F-350 work-style pickup truck crossed through the center median into oncoming northbound traffic, first striking a Mercury Sable before colliding with a 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan carrying six members of a family from Teaneck, N.J., state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Killed in the crash were the 61-year-old driver of the minivan and his four daughters. His 53-year-old wife sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

State police did not immediately release names, but several news outlets identified the deceased as Audie Trinidad, 61, and daughters Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa.

All five deceased victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Cpl. Jaffe said.

State police investigation revealed the four daughters were not properly restrained. The two adults in front seats on the minivan were wearing seat-belts.

The F-350 driver, 44-year-old Alvin S. Hubbard Jr., of East New Market, MD, and a passenger, a 30-year-old Hurlock, MD man, were both treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released.

The Sable driver, Brian C. Kern, 24, of Bethlehem, Pa. man, was treated at a local hospital and released.

State police investigation continues as to what happened and why the pickup truck crossed into northbound traffic.

“It is certainly heartbreaking, as you can imagine,” Cpl. Jaffe said during a press conference Friday. “Those of us that have family and children, I mean I feel so bad for this family. I cannot imagine what they are going through. To lose four children in a crash, it is just something that is unheard of.”

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