Mary Ballocanag of Teaneck escaped a horrific accident that killed her husband and four daughters earlier this month with a laundry list of broken bones.
The 53-year-old is almost certain those will heal. It's the pain inside, however, that likely won't.
Ballocanag emphasized that on Friday, when she announced plans to sue Alvin S. Hubbard Jr., the driver whose truck crashed into her family's minivan, and his company.
"The physical is nothing," said Ballocanag in her wheelchair. "It's the pain inside that's unbearable."
Ballocanag's attorney maintained that's where the focus should be.
The suit will be against Hubbard and his company Aledak Metalworks, of New Market, Maryland, and will pursue charges of criminal manslaughter, Ballocanag's attorney Dianna Lucianna said.
Hubbard demonstrated criminal negligence when he crossed over the Route 1 median, killing Audie Marquez Trinidad, 61, and daughters Kaitlyn, 20; Danna, 17; and 13-year-old twins Melissa and Allison, the attorney noted.
"We're pursuing not only the criminal aspect of the civil case there's the civil aspect," Lucianna said.
"The loss of five lives and this lady's life shattered."
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