BAYONNE, NJ - A jury has found Scott Hahn, Hamilton, guilty on all six charges related to the crash that took the lives of Bayonne resident Timothy O’Donnell, and his daughter Bridget, on February 22, 2016. It took the panel less than a day to come to a conclusion in the trial that lasted just over a week.
On the day of the wreck Hahn hit O’Donnell’s vehicle from behind while it sat in a toll booth at Interchange 14C of the New Jersey Turnpike. According to reports, Hahn was traveling approximately 53 miles per hour. The impact so severe, Hudson County Prosecutor Leo Hernandez said during hiis opening statement, that it sent the victim’s car into oncoming traffic and caused injuries to Timothy, including cracked ribs on both sides and the severing of several major arteries that led to his near immediate death.
Bridget, just five years old at the time, died a short time later while on route to Jersey City Medical Center.
Pam O’Donnell has become an advocate of efforts to reduce distracted driving, becoming a sought after speaker on the topic, and launched the Catch You Later Foundation in honor of Timothy and Bridget.