(NEW YORK POST) — The Maryland man who admitted to distractedly careening across a Delaware highway median in his pickup truck — killing a New Jersey man and his four daughters and severely injuring their mother — has gotten off with a slap on the wrist.
“Today, I feel my family was killed all over again,” the mother, Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53, later told WCBS/Channel 2 News.
Alvin Hubbard III was sentenced to one year of probation Friday in connection with the fatal July 2018 smash-up, Delaware Online reported.
He faces jail time — a 14-year-sentence at most — only if he does not satisfy the terms of that probation, the outlet reported.
The widow and mother was brought to tears by Judge Calvin L. Scott’s ruling.
She had hoped for a 14-year-sentence, the maximum allowed by the law, according to the report.
“His one life will never be enough for the five people he killed,” Ballocanag said in court.
Prosecutors had asked that Hubbard be given a six-year sentence.
Hubbard, a welder, was tearful as well. He did not speak at the sentencing, but in pleading guilty he had admitted that his negligent lack of attention to driving led to the crash.
His attorney, John Kirk, told Scott that Hubbard had a respiratory condition that had caused him to suffer a coughing fit and pass out behind the wheel, Delaware Online reported.
Hubbard has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, according to the news site.
But Ballocanag was skeptical of Kirk’s explanation.
The family was heading north on Route 1 en route to their home in Teaneck following a Fourth of July holiday trip to Ocean City, Md., when Hubbard’s southbound work truck crossed a grassy median and struck them near the northern Delaware town of Townsend.
Audie Marquez Trinidad, 61, and the couple’s daughters — Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 14-year-old twins Melissa and Allison — were killed.
Ballocanag, a nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, was severely injured and has undergone eight surgeries since the crash.
“But my physical pain is nothing compared to the mental pain and anguish of losing my entire family,” the grieving mother said.
Hubbard was indicted in November 2018 on five counts of second-degree vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault, among other charges, according to the report.
He initially pleaded not guilty, but when the state came back with lesser charges — five counts of operating a vehicle causing death, and one count each for second-degree and third-degree vehicular assault — he changed his plea.