By Macon Araneta l Filam Star Correspondent
THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) joined the Filipino community in mourning the deaths of five members of a Filipino-American family in a highway mishap in Delaware last July 6.
“We join our kababayans in the United States in mourning the loss of five members of a Filipino-American family in a highway tragedy near Townsend, Delaware,” said DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano.
“Our hearts go out to the loved ones in the United States and in the Philippines they left behind. We shall include the Trinidad family in our prayers,” he added
The Philippine Consulate General in New York said the 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.
Consul Gen. Claro Cristobal said the family was returning to their home in Teaneck, New Jersey from Ocean City, Maryland when the accident happened.
The victims were headed north on Highway Route 1 near Townsend, Delaware, when a pick-up truck traveling the opposite direction crossed the median and collided with their minivan.
The Consulate General earlier extended its sympathies and Deputy Consul Gen. Kerwin Orville Tate went to the hospital, where Mrs. Trinidad is confined, to see what assistance could be extended to the family.
“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.
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.