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Hundreds fondly remember Teaneck family killed in crash

Boyfriend of victim: ‘She was there for everybody, no matter what, she made sure everybody was okay before herself’


TEANECK – On Friday hundreds of people gathered at St. Anastasia Church for a wake for five members of the Trinidad family who were killed in a car crash in July.

Audie Trinidad's brother Danny Trinidad hopes the family’s loving legacy will continue to impact people.

"In the blink of an eye they're all gone now, I used to call my brother every now and then, the last time we spoke was father's day and I wish I would have called him," Danny Trinidad said. “Hopefully the legacy will live on, which is love."

Mary Rose Trinidad, the only survivor of the crash is now wheelchair bound, Danny Trinidad said she may never walk again but what she's living for now is justice. The family is hoping to see Alvin Hubbard, the man who collided with the family's minivan after crossing over a median, behind bars.

“She's in a lot of pain but she really wants this to be over with she wants to lay them to rest so hopefully we can do that and get justice. The guy's still walking around free, no charges, he didn't even say a word to us," Danny Trinidad said.

Visitors spoke remembered the family fondly and said the Trinidad family were some of the best people they knew.

"When I used to have my birthday parties they used to come every year and we would go bowling and I remember they didn't like to do bowling but they did it anyway and we still had a lot of fun," Nicole Vildirim said.

Kaitlyn, the oldest of Audie Trinidad's daughters was studying to become a nurse when she met her boyfriend, Steven Ang, 20, who said his heart is broken.

"She was there for everybody, no matter what, she made sure everybody was okay before herself," Ang said.

There will be a funeral mass held for the family Saturday at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mary Rose Trinidad has decided to cremate her husband and four daughters.

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