New Jersey father, 4 daughters killed in crash along Route 1 in Delaware

"Why did this happen to my brother...why?"

Andrew Kramer
July 06, 2018 - 9:43 pm
Delaware Deadly Crash

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- We now know the name the driver of a pickup truck authorities say struck and killed a father and his four daughters dead and a mother severely injured, in Delaware.

It happened shortly before 4 p.m. Friday along Route 1 near Pine Tree Road in Townsend.

Delaware State Police say 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard Jr. was behind the wheel of a Ford F-350 that crossed over the median and into opposing traffic before it struck a Mercury Sable. Authorities say Hubbard Jr.'s truck continued driving the wrong way before colliding with a Trinidad's minivan.

Inside the minivan was 61-year-old Audi Marquez Trinidad, his wife 53-year-old Mary Rose, and their four daughters Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison, according to 1010 Wins.  

"It's certainly heartbreaking," said Delaware State Police Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe. "As you can imagine, those of us that have family and 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's unheard of."

According to officials, Hubbard Jr., his passenger, a 30-year-old man, and the driver of the Mercury Sable, 24-year-old Brian C. Kern, all were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

Audi Trinidad's brother Daniel says he is heartbroken and the only question on his mind is "why?"

"What is the answer that we are looking for," he said. "Why did this happen to my brother, who's a very good guy. He loves his family. Kids are all straight, and everybody loves them -- classmates, friends, neighbors --why?"

The northbound lanes of Route 1 were closed for approximately five hours while the accident was investigated and cleared.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

In support of the family, and the sole survivor Mary Rose, a GoFundMe was created and has already exceeded $153,000.