Jury Convicts Driver On All Counts In Fatal Jersey City Crash

Jury Convicts Driver On All Counts In Fatal Jersey City Crash


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CONTACT:  Raymond Worrall

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DATE: March 15, 2019

JURY CONVICTS DRIVER ON ALL COUNTS IN 2016 FATAL JERSEY CITY CRASH  

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, Scott Hahn, age 39, of Hamilton Township, was convicted by a Hudson County Jury on all counts relating to a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at Interchange 14C of the New Jersey Turnpike on February 22, 2016 in Jersey City. The crash caused the deaths of Timothy O’Donnell, age 48, and his 5 year-old daughter Bridget O’Donnell. The Jury deliberated for approximately three hours prior to finding the defendant guilty.

During the course of the trial the State presented evidence from several experts establishing that Hahn’s vehicle was travelling at 53 MPH in a 5 MPH zone, while Hahn was also under the influence of multiple controlled dangerous substances.

Hahn was convicted on two counts of Aggravated Manslaughter contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4,  two counts of Death By Auto contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (GHB & GBL) contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. Aggravated Manslaughter is a first-degree crime which carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act. Death By Auto is a second-degree crime which carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years in NJSP subject to the No Early Release Act and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance is a third-degree crime subject to 3 to 5 years in NJSP. The State will be seeking consecutive sentences at the time of sentencing which is currently scheduled for May 24, 2019.

The State was represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutors Leo Hernandez and Lynne Seborowski of the Homicide Unit. The Honorable Mitzy Galis-Menendez, J.S.C. presided over the matter.