Man Pleads Guilty In Crash That Killed Five Family Members
Wrong way driving only accounts for a small percentage of overall fatal car accidents, but due to the nature of these accidents, they are more likely to be fatal. This is because a majority of wrong way accidents occur at high speeds and typically involve head-on impact or side-swipe impact. Age has been represented as a factor in wrong way accidents, but statistical data shows that only 15% of wrong way accidents are caused by a driver 64 years of age or older. A higher majority of wrong way accidents are caused by intoxication. Further, wrong way accidents are more likely to occur in urban areas.
The Teaneck Patch reports on a man who has pleaded guilty to charges in a wreck that killed five family members. The crash happened at about 3:47 p.m. on July 6th.
Alvin S. Hubbard was driving a Ford F-350 pickup truck along Route 1 in Townsend, Delaware. Hubbard, who was driving in the left-hand lane, crossed a grassy median into oncoming traffic, striking the minivan carrying the Teaneck New Jersey family, then hitting a second vehicle.
Six members of the Trinidad family were in the minivan. 61-year-old Audie Trinidad, 20-year-old Kaitlyn Trinidad, 17-year-old Danna Trinidad, and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison Trinidad were all killed. The only survivor of the accident was wife and mother Mary Rose Ballocoanag. She was seriously injured.
Hubbard pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of five counts of operating a motor vehicle causing death and three counts of vehicular assault. He faces a sentence of 14 years in prison and a $3,450 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for September.