The wreck happened around 4 p.m. Friday on Route 1 when, for unknown reasons, 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard crossed over the grassy center median and started driving the wrong direction.
Killed on the scene was 61 year husband and father, Audi Marquez Trinidad and the couple's four daughters, Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17; and twins Melissa and Allison, 13.
Cops identified the driver of the Mercury Sable as Brian Kern of Bethlehem, Pa. Kern was treated at a hospital and released.
His passenger, a 30-year-old male from Hurlock, MD, was properly restrained and was also transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
It was not immediately known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, police said.
Hundreds of mourners have lighted candles and left flowers at the Votee Park in Teaneck, New Jersey to show their support for the family. He catches the back left of my vehicle and misses my door.
"He said, 'We are on our way home.' Now they are all gone", Danny Trinidad said Sunday.
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His wife, Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53, was the only person in the van who survived.
"I don't understand why these things happen", said Daniel Trinidad, who lost his brother and four nieces. The girls' mother took care of so many - she is a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital.
'I see out of my left eye the auto crazily swerving out of control on the grass median. "Out of the corner of my left eye, I see this F-350 truck wildly swerving in the median through the grass, and I knew it was coming right for us", Kern said.
The New Jersey's family vehicle was unrecognizable afterwards.
A GoFundMe page set up to assist with funeral costs and Mary Rose's recovery had raised more than $113,000 as of Sunday afternoon. "They're all gone, gone".
Kern says he is now a proponent of seatbelt safety, as he believes that may have helped save his life. "She knows. The thing that she doesn't know is that my brother and two of the girls are unrecognizable (at the morgue)". As of early Saturday evening, the effort had raised almost three times its $10,000 goal.