Fundraiser in support of Trinca family to feature local musicians

03/09/2012 1:00 PM |

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | A hearse carrying the body of 7-year-old Jason Trinca crosses the finish line at Riverhead Raceway in October.

Up and coming musicians are coming together this weekend to support a Manorville family devastated when a mother and her son were killed and two children critically injured in a car crash last year.

The 2012 Trinca Fest, held at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue tomorrow afternoon, will feature local musicians, a Chinese Auction, raffles and food. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Trinca family to help pay for medical and other expenses.

In October, Keri Trinca and her 7-year-old son Jason were killed when their car was broadsided by a van in Manorville. The crash also severly injured the family’s other two children, Christopher and Marialena.

The Trinca family were regulars at the Riverhead Raceway, where Jason raced go-karts almost every summer weekend during the racing season. He was an award-winning go-kart racer who won Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and the Kid Kart Championship in 2010.

Shortly after the tragedy, family and friends in the cose-knit racing community and from across the area rallied around the family, holding vigils and fundraisers to help Jason Trinca Sr. care for his two children.

Two-year old Christopher was released from Stony Brook University Children’s Hospital in October after making a “miraculous” recovery.

Marialena, 4, suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as a broken leg in the crash. After being treated at Stony Brook, she was transferred to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, and at first could not walk, talk or eat.

However, hospital officials said that “though [she is] still exhibiting physical impairments, she is markedly better and able to walk short distances with an assistive device.”

Marialena was released from the hospital in February and will undergo rehabilitation treatment at home and at the New Beginnings Community Center rehab facility in Medford.

The 2012 Trinca Fest fundraiser will be held at the John A. Danzi Athletic Center at St. Joseph’s College campus in Patchogue from 12 to 6 p.m. Admission costs $20 for adults, $10 for children from ages 12 to 6, and is free for children under 5.

psquire@timesreview.com