By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government, thru the Philippine consulate in New York, has extended its sympathies and condolences to the family of the five of the six Filipino-American family members who died in a car crash in Delaware last Friday (Saturday in Manila).
The horrific accident claimed the lives of Audie Trinidad, 61, and his daughters — Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 14-year-old twins Melissa and Allison. His wife, Mary Rose Ballocanag, sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive.
“The Philippine Consulate General in New York wished to express its deepest condolences to the bereaved Trinidad family and joins the Filipino Community in mourning the tragic loss of exemplary members of the community,” the Consulate General said in a statement issued late Sunday night.
The Trinidad family was returning to their home in Teaneck, New Jersey from Ocean City, Maryland when the accident happened.
Reports showed that the victims were headed north on Highway Route 1 near Townsend, Delaware, when a pickup truck traveling the opposite direction crossed the grassy median and collided with their minivan. Another car was also hit in the process.
It was learned that the Philippine Consulate in New York sent a representative to the hospital where Mrs. Trinidad is confined to see what assistance could be extended to the family.
On Saturday, a vigil in memory of the victims was held in Teaneck that was attended by local officials, relatives, neighbors, and other members of the community.
The Department of Foreign Affairs also joined the Filipino Community in mourning the deaths of the five Trinidad family members.