HORRIFIC ACCIDENT WILL BE 4 MONTHS OLD ON NOV. 6!
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A United States registered nurse who returned to the Philippines to take care of his aging parents rushed back to Teaneck, New
Jersey nearly four months ago not to work but to take care of his badly disabled elder sister who survived a horrific collision that killed her husband and all their four daughters in Townsend, Delaware.
PAUL MOGOL BALLOCANAG, a U.S. registered nurse, who lived in the Philippines to take care of his aging parents suddenly returned to the U.S. nearly four months ago to take care of his elder sister who survived a horrific collision that killed her entire family of five last July 6 in Townsend, Delaware. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul Mogol Ballocanag used with permission)
Paul Mogol Ballocanag who had struggled to make good his pledge to write a letter to this reporter finally sent one Monday (Oct. 28), saying, “Good day sir Joseph. Sorry for the delay of this letter. I’ve been very busy 24/7 taking care of my sister being her only caregiver here in the US. I hope you can help us create awareness especially to the FIL-AM community and to the general public who have been following our story from the day of the accident last July 6, 2018.”
MARY ROSE BALLOCANAG Trinidad (extreme left) had a photo op with her family in front of their Christmas tree. To her left are Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and husband, Audie, and their 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison. Only Mary Rose survived while the rest of her family were killed on the spot when her family's 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan slammed into heavy-duty Ford F-350 pick-up truck traveling the wrong way that left her husband and their four daughters all dead. Still no arrest has been made. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
His surviving elder sister is Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, 53, who was on board the family's 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan along with her family of six, including her husband, Audie, 61, and their four daughters, Kaitlyn, 20, Danna 17, and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison, who all died on the spot when it hit a Ford F-350 pick-up truck, traveling the wrong way. The pick-up truck seconds earlier hit the left rear side of the 2002 Mercury Sable after the pick-up truck careened across a median in Route 1 in Townsend.
The driver of the wayward pick-up truck, identified by the Delaware State Police as Alvin Seymour Hubbard, III, 44, a father of two, was released from the hospital after sustaining non-life threatening injuries. Brian C. Kern, 24, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the driver of Mercury Sable, was likewise released after sustaining injuries.
WHEN MARY ROSE Ballocanag-Trinidad's mother, Evangeline Mogol Ballocanag, fell sick in August 2017, she took her entire family to her hometown of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines as shown in this photo to be by her mother's side. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
State Police have not reported if drugs or alcohol was a factor in what is believed as one of the deadliest vehicular crashes in the nation.
AT 4TH MONTH, INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Nearly four months after the deadly collision, a Delaware Department of Justice spokesperson, Julia Lawes, told this reporter, “This investigation is continuing. It is important that an investigation be thorough and complete so a proper conclusion may be made, and that requires gathering and assessing as much information as possible.”
JIM BALLOCANAG AND his brother, John Ballocanag, visit their sister, Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, who is being cared for by their brother, Paul Ballocanag (extreme right) at the hospital. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
Daniel Trinidad, 59, told the New York Post that Hubbard should be held responsible for the deaths of his brother and nieces, adding, “They didn’t get to grow up and experience life as an adult. This guy took it all away. This is multiple manslaughter.”
For his part, Paul M. Ballocanag said, “We have been waiting for the result of the investigation from Delaware and up to now, they would still say the same thing – that the investigation is still continuing and they do not want to rush this case and they are working on the case as a priority. It has been more than three months from July 6, 2018 and we are of course getting impatient and doubting what keeps this investigation never-ending.”
FIRST LADY CALLS:
NEW JERSEY FIRST Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy brought cheers to Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad when the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy visited her at the hospital where she is recuperating from multiple serious injuries following the collision of her family car with a heavy-duty Ford F-350 pick-up truck that left her husband and their four daughters dead. Still no arrest has been made. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
In the New York limousine crash last Oct. 6 that killed 20 people, an arrest was made four days after the crash while in another multiple-death crash in 2013 in Florida which claimed the lives of a Filipina and three Filipino Americans, the driver was arrested on the spot. Both drivers in both crashes are non-whites.
Mr. Ballocanag said, "We have our relatives here in Teaneck NJ. Our Aunt, Mrs, Lydia Agas, a retired nurse and the younger sister of our father. Mrs. Lydia Agas and her husband Patricio Agas and their daughters Rosslyn and Heidi helped us with almost everything from Mary Rose confinement at the Christiana Hospital in Delaware for her knee, shoulders and wrists surgeries up to her transfer to the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation and during the burial of my nieces and brother in law. They’ve always been with us for assistance and support.
"IT TAKES A VILLAGE":
THIS IS PART of a close-knit family that takes turn in extending help to Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, as she recovers from a tragic collision that wiped out her entire family, including her husband, Audie, and their four daughters. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
Mr. Ballocanag added,”Everyday, I stayed with my sister in Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation (in New Jersey), where she was confined for more than 60 days for her physical and occupational therapy. I have witnessed her everyday struggles as she battled both with the emotional pain of losing her entire family and the pain she has to bear because of the multiple fractures she has suffered from the accident. She was then transferred to the Holy Name hospital here in Teaneck for the extensive surgical repair of her left wrist last September 7, 2018.
RETURNING THE FAVOR:
PAUL MOGOL BALLOCANAG takes a selfie with his elder sister, Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, as she recovers from a tragic collision that wiped out her entire family, including her husband, Audie, and their four daughters. As a U.S. registered nurse, Paul is in the best position to provide care to his sister who supported him and her two brothers' education when Mary Rose was a young and an able nurse. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
“From day one (1) of her therapy, she has always been very determined to mobilize and use her arms and legs after succumbing to more than six (6) surgeries of both right and left wrists, shoulders and knees. It was really sad and very disheartening to see her cry almost everyday as she toiled hard to get up from bed for the daily therapy in spite of the grief and sorrow of knowing she’ll be alone by herself once discharge from the rehab. No amount of words would seem to console her with such immense and deep grief.
FIRST LADY OF NEW JERSEY COMFORTS MARY ROSE
“Thanks God, she is always comforted by her friends, relatives, co workers, parents of her children’s classmates, her doctors from Kessler, as well as the nurses, staff, nursing aides and everyone who knows her or even strangers. The love and support she receives from everyone keeps her going and uplifts her spirit to go on and stay strong always. She was even visited by the First Lady of New Jersey, Mrs. Tammy Snyder Murphy, in Kessler and it was a very emotional but heartwarming meeting of them.
“I have been taking care of her and assisting her in her daily needs in the house since her discharge from the hospital. My sister’s brother in law, Nelson Trinidad with his daughter, Kim Trinidad have been helping us also run errands in the house and take care of Mary Rose too. Some relatives and friends would frequent the house and visit her often.”
LOOKING AT HER KNEES:
MARY ROSE BALLOCANAG Trinidad stares at her broken knees as she recuperates from multiple serious injuries following the collision of her family's 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan with a heavy-duty Ford F-350 pick-up truck traveling the wrong way that left her husband and their four daughters dead. Still no arrest has been made. (JGL Photo courtesy of Paul M. Ballocanag used with permission)
“Our father, Normelito Javier Ballocanag, who died in 2010, was a Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge in the province of Oriental Mindoro for more than 15 years. Our mother, Evangeline Mogol Ballocanag, 84, died last Aug. 2017 in the Philippines.”
PHOTO OF WRONG-WAY DRIVER:
ALVIN SEYMOUR HUBBARD, III, the wrong-way driver of the heavy-duty Ford F-350 pick up hit by the 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan carrying Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad's husband, Audie, and their four daughters who were all killed on the spot on July 6, 2018 in Townsend, Delaware. Only Mary Rose survived in the multiple-death crash. (Photo from the website, heavy.com. )
Mr. Ballocanag said there are four (4) siblings in his family. Mary Rose is the eldest, and his two brothers are John and Jim Ballocanag. He said his sister left for the US in the early 80’s to work as a nurse. “She has always been a “big” sister to us since she has financially supported us her brothers in our studies in the Philippines for years. My other two brothers John Ballocanag, is a Canadian resident and our youngest, Jim Ballocanag, lives in Nevada, USA with his family.”
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