Teaneck dad who died with 4 daughters in crash was 'family man' and 'yes man to his wife'
A father and his four daughters from Teaneck were killed in a crash Friday in Delaware, according to police.
The 53-year-old mother remains hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries, Delaware State Police said Saturday morning in an updated press release.
A friend of the family, Linda Douglas, identified the father as Audie Trinidad, the 20-year-old daughter Kaitlyn, the 17-year-old daughter Danna and the two teen twins as Allison and Melissa.
The Trinidad family was described by Douglas as "very welcoming" and an active part of the community.
"The daughters were just so sweet to my family and had so much compassion for my daughters," she said.
Douglas has started a GoFundMe page for the mother, Mary Rose.
The Filipino American Society of Teaneck also sent their condolences on Facebook. Saturday and identified the family.
"The Lord took too many angels from us yesterday," the post said.
A vigil is planned for Saturday at 9 p.m. Milton A. Votee Park.
Police said the crash occurred just after 3:45 p.m. when a pickup driven by a 44-year-old man from East New Market, Maryland, crossed over the grassy center median on Route 1 in Townsend, Delaware, sideswiped a car and smashed into the Bergen County family's Toyota Sienna.
The minivan plowed into the side of the truck and both vehicles ended up in a ditch on the side of the highway, according to police.
The four daughters, ages 20, 17, and two 13-year-olds, were not wearing seatbelts and died at the scene, according to police. The 61-year-old father was also pronounced dead at the scene.
"It's certainly heartbreaking," Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, a spokeswoman with Delaware State Police, said during a press conference Friday. "As you can imagine, those of us who have children, I feel so bad for this family. I cannot imagine what they're going through. To lose four children in a crash, it's just something that is unheard of."
Police are investigating why the pickup crossed over into the northbound lanes and, as of Saturday morning, authorities said it was unknown if the Maryland man was impaired. He has since been treated and released for minor injuries.
A first responder, interviewed by the Delaware News Journal, described the crash scene as the "worst one I've seen."
A passenger in the truck, a 30-year-old from Hurlock, Maryland, was treated for minor injuries and released from an area hospital.
The first car hit by the F-350 spun out of control and ended up in an embankment. Its driver, a 24-year-old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, only suffered minor injuries as well.