Man who killed Bayonne man and daughter in turnpike crash sentenced to 37 years in prison

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A man who killed a Bayonne man and his young daughter in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike was sentenced to 37 years in prison yesterday after being convicted of related crimes back in March.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez sentenced Scott Hahn, 39, of Hamilton Township, to two 16-year state prison terms for convictions in the
aggravated manslaughter of Bayonne residents Timothy O’Donnell and Bridget O’Donnell, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

He was also sentenced to two five-year state prison terms for the possession of GHB and GBL, both controlled dangerous substances.

The deaths of Timothy, 48, and his five-year-old daughter, Bridget, were the result of a
motor vehicle crash that occurred at Interchange 14C of the New Jersey Turnpike on February 22, 2016, in Jersey City, when a car driven by Hahn rear-ended the car occupied by the O’Donnell’s as it approached the toll booth.

During the course of the trial earlier this year, the state presented evidence from several experts establishing that Hahn’s vehicle was traveling at 53 miles per hour in a 5 miles per hour zone, while Hahn was also under the influence of multiple controlled dangerous substances.

On March 14th, Hahn was convicted by a Hudson County Jury on all counts related to the crash.

The two 16-year prison terms will be served consecutively and he must serve 85 percent, or approximately 27 years, before he is eligible for parole.

Meanwhile, the two, five-year flat prison terms on the CDS possession convictions will be served concurrently to each other, but also consecutively to the aggravated manslaughter sentence. Therefore, the total state prison time of his sentence is 37 years.

Galis-Menendez also sentenced the defendant to 5 years of parole supervision after he
completes his prison term and suspended his driver’s license for life.

The state was represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez and Assistant
Prosecutor Lynne Seborowski of the Homicide Unit.