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Intoxicated driver gets 37 years for killing Bayonne man and his daughter

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By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal

Waves of anger, grief and remorse flooded the courtroom Thursday when Scott Hahn was sentenced to 37 years in prison for killing a Bayonne man and his 5-year-old daughter in a drug-fueled crash in 2016.

“Every time I cry it’s never ending, the emptiness is never ending,” said Pamela O’Donnell whose husband Tim O’Donnell, 48, a County Prep teacher and coach, and daughter Bridget were killed in the Feb. 22, 2016 crash on the Hudson County Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Channel 7 is reporting he admitted to being high on Adderall and up for 24 hours straight .


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JERSEY CITY - Prosecutors say the driver charged in Monday’s fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash hadn’t slept in 24 hours and had taken 10 Adderall pills “for which he had no prescription.”

A urine test performed on Scott Hahn after the crash came back positive for the drugs, according to authorities.

Hahn faced a judge in Hudson County Court Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the crash that killed 48-year-old Timothy O'Donnell and his 5-year-old daughter Bridget.

Investigators say that Hahn was driving between 50 and 70 mph before rear-ending O’Donnell at the toll plaza near Exit 14C on the westbound side of the Turnpike. The impact sent O'Donnell's car through the tolls and into the eastbound lane, where it was hit by another vehicle.

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Channel 7 is reporting he admitted to being high on Adderall and up for 24 hours straight .

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But... shouldn't cars slow down and accelerate gradually when coming to and out of a toll booth??? There are speed monitors at the booths for a reason.......


Actually, they should get rid of half those booths and make it E-Z Pass Express like many roads. Better yet, get rid of the tolls. $2.45 to get from 14 to 14c is robbery.

When I was a kid on LI, they tried raising the tolls on the Southern State Pkwy from a dime to a quarter. So many people bitched and routed around on local roads that they got rid of the tolls entirely. The world revolved on.

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But... shouldn't cars slow down and accelerate gradually when coming to and out of a toll booth??? There are speed monitors at the booths for a reason.......

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I may be an old crank on this, but is there no connection between speeding and the ridiculously overpowered modern cars? I live in the middle of a 400 ft block between 2 stops, and cars are hitting 30+mph! People demand cars with double the HP that they used to have.

I read that a late model Rav4 will beat Magnum's Ferrari 0-60. My 1st minivan was a 1991 Caravan with 150 hp. I thought it was fine, drove it at 90mph across Montana when they had no speed limit. Next van was a 2001 Caravan, 180 hp. Now I have a 2010 Odyssey, 240 hp. But that's modest, you can get a Camry with 268hp! We once had an Escort Wagon we adored, 88hp. No, we didn't have to Flintstone it to get on a highway.


Yeah, I think you right. With the advancements in cars, you can go 90 and not even notice. I used to have a Trans Am in the early 90's and that was a 5.7L V8 that went 0-60 in around 6 seconds. The Camry with a V6 can do it in the same time now.

For the safety of everyone, auto manufacturers should make HUD's with the speed limit standard on all cars. Maybe a warning when you are going over the speed limit (user adjustable but defaulted to 10 or something) will help drivers be more aware.

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I may be an old crank on this, but is there no connection between speeding and the ridiculously overpowered modern cars? I live in the middle of a 400 ft block between 2 stops, and cars are hitting 30+mph! People demand cars with double the HP that they used to have.

I read that a late model Rav4 will beat Magnum's Ferrari 0-60. My 1st minivan was a 1991 Caravan with 150 hp. I thought it was fine, drove it at 90mph across Montana when they had no speed limit. Next van was a 2001 Caravan, 180 hp. Now I have a 2010 Odyssey, 240 hp. But that's modest, you can get a Camry with 268hp! We once had an Escort Wagon we adored, 88hp. No, we didn't have to Flintstone it to get on a highway.

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Unfortunately, I drive every day to work and the number of crazy drivers that disregard speed limits or drive like an idiot scares me.


You see this behavior everywhere in JC - just the other night I was walking down JFK Boulevard in McGinley Square to look at an apartment, and northbound cars were turning onto Sip (I think) Avenue like they were in the Daytona 500! The true tragedy will be that he will probably get off lightly, and nothing will change. This from Wikipedia "A study by professors at Dartmouth College and Harvard University found that those convicted of vehicular homicide are given, on average, shorter sentences than those found guilty of other types of homicide."

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Tim was a classmate from Prep, though he did graduate a year ahead of me. He was a good guy, and I remember him being a really nice and jovial guy.

Old classmates of his own year are taking it very badly. He was very much loved among his closer friends.


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Unfortunately, I drive every day to work and the number of crazy drivers that disregard speed limits or drive like an idiot scares me. Sorry to hear about this. The driver who caused the accident has finally learned a hard lesson that will haunt him forever.

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Throw the prick off the TPK Extension.

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"...Hahn has had his license suspended 28 times early in his driving years, according to motor vehicle records, mostly for administrative reasons but also four times for speeding and twice for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. His record has been clear the past 9 years."

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I thought this was the worst part of the story:

O'Donnell's wife, Pam O'Donnell is mourning the blow, just two years after she beat cancer.

"I'm struggling with how I survived cancer to have my life ripped apart from me," she said. "My best friend and my daughter (are gone)."

Pam O'Donnell said that while she was undergoing cancer treatments, her daughter held her hand and gave her medicine every four hours.

"I don't know what I'm going to do with out her...that's irreplaceable," she said.

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"...Hahn has had his license suspended 28 times early in his driving years, according to motor vehicle records, mostly for administrative reasons but also four times for speeding and twice for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. His record has been clear the past 9 years."

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Science Teacher, Daughter Identified as Victims in Deadly New Jersey Crash; Driver Arrested on Manslaughter Charges

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Authorities have arrested a New Jersey man in a crash that killed a popular Jersey City science teacher and his 5-year-old daughter on a busy New Jersey highway Monday afternoon.

Scott Hahn, 36, is charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of Tim O'Donnell, a science teacher at County Prep High School, and his 5-year-old daughter Bridget, New Jersey state police said Tuesday.

Hahn, of Hamilton, was processed at State Police Newark Station and jailed on $1 million bail, according to state police. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear.


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absolute tragedy. My guess is the guy who rear-ended them was texting as he had to have been moving quickly to push the other car to the other side of the road.

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Car in fatal Turnpike crash was rear-ended before toll plaza, State Police say

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... as_rear-ended_before.html


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So sad, there's been conflicting reports on what happened. A witness said a mercedes hit the rear end/side of the victim's car that made it roll over and cross the cones onto eastbound traffic.


This may be right. I saw the accident after it happened and for the life of me could not figure out how that car had been going fast enough to end up in the magled condition that I saw it, and with barely bumper damage to a van that was against it. I did notice another car, much father back (toward the tolls) with front end damage. So, the speculation that the third car rear-ended the first car and caused it to go out-of-control makes sense. Also the specuation that it flipped is reasonable considering the condition I saw it in was certainly far worse than a mere collision. Tragic.

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So sad, there's been conflicting reports on what happened. A witness said a mercedes hit the rear end/side of the victim's car that made it roll over and cross the cones onto eastbound traffic.

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(My thoughts and prayers go out to the O'Donnell family amidst this terrible tragedy.)

By Caitlin Mota | The Jersey Journal
on February 23, 2016 at 8:28 AM, updated February 23, 2016 at 8:46 AM

JERSEY CITY -- The victims of yesterday's fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike have been identified by friends and students on social media as a Hudson County Prep teacher and his young daughter.

Tim O'Donnell taught science at the Jersey City school, according to the school's website. He was also the varsity softball coach at the school, before the sports programs were eliminated. His daughter Bridget was also killed in the crash.

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1010 WINS reported that they pulled a U-turn by the toll booths, if that makes sense. They must have been going very, very fast. There was a child seriously injured. Terrible.

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A lot of cars and vans blow through the outside toll lanes at 40+mph. Head-on, that's 80+mph if the car rolled into the eastbound lane. Pot holes might have been a factor - that section can be cratered.

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How the F**k fast were they going exiting a toll?

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Update:

2 dead in Turnpike crash in Jersey City, state police say

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... 1.html#incart_2box_hudson

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That's awful. Looks like I got some information wrong-doesn't look like it was a convertible after all. How terrible.

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At least one dead, per the Jerz.

Turnpike crash

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On my way home from work at about 4 I passed by a horrible accident on 78 west closeish to the Holland Tunnel. It looked like a convertible swerved out of its lane and hit a van...and there was a white sheet over the driver's side. Tons of police and fire trucks nearby. Any ideas what happened? I'm hoping the driver of the convertible is ok but it didn't look like it...

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