Dad, 4 daughters killed in crash: What we know, what we don’t know
The Trinidad family, from left, Danna, Mary Rose, Audie and Kaitlyn. The twins, Allison and Melissa, are in center and on right. (Courtesy of Linda Douglas)
By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
A 61-year-old New Jersey father and his four daughters were killed Friday afternoon when a pick-up truck swerved into their lane as they traveled along Route 1 in Delaware on their way home from a family vacation.
The sixth person in the 1998 Toyota Sienna, the 53-year-old wife and mother, suffered serious injuries that are not life threatening.
Here’s a look at what we know and we don’t know three days after the three-vehicle crash in Townsend, Delaware.
5 family members killed Friday
The victims of Friday’s crash are:
Audie Trinidad, 61, and his four daughters: Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa.
Trinidad’s wife, the mother of all four, remains hospitalized in Delaware. She has multiple fractures to her ribs and knees.
Audie Trinidad, who was driving and his wife, the front-seat passenger were wearing seat belts, but his four daughters were not, according to Delaware State Police. He was not impaired.
The driver of another car survived the crash
The southbound pickup truck first hit a northbound Mercury Sable driven by a 24-year-old Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, man before colliding with the family’s northbound minivan.
The driver, who had his seat belt buckled, was treated and released from a local hospital after his car came to a rest in an embankment.
The minivan and the pickup truck ended up in a ditch following the crash, which took place at about 3:45 p.m. in the area of Noxontown Road.
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