On Feb 22nd 2016 at approximately 3:15 pm Scott Hahn, of Hamilton NJ, rear ended Timothy O’Donnell and 5-year-old Bridget O’Donnell, of Bayonne NJ killing them.
Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives determined that Timothy O’Donnell, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, was slowing with traffic in lane 10 at the tolls when 36-year-old Scott Hahn, of Hamilton, rear-ended O’Donnell with his 1998 Mercedes-Benz. As a result of the impact, police say O’Donnell’s car traveled through the tolls and entered the eastbound lanes. Eliasar Morales, 51, of Bayonne, was driving a 2013 Mercedes-Benz eastbound when he struck the Malibu.
Timothy O’Donnell was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:41 p.m. Bridget O’Donnell was transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 3:43 p.m. O’Donnell’s car pictured above was flattened and torn apart, it was under neath the van driven by Morales.
Hahn who has been charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter and two counts of vehicular homicide. He was arrested on Tuesday at the hospital where he was being treated for injuries. During the hearing, prosecutors said Hahn admitted to being high on Adderall at the time of the crash, as well as being awake for more than 24 hours, he had apparently been up since 1 p.m. the day before. Adderall is a perscription medication used for the treatment of ADD and ADHD it is an “upper” and has become a common drug of abuse.
Witnesses told police Scott Hahn, 36, of Hamilton, was driving erratically as he traveled from the Holland Tunnel to the toll plaza at Interchange 14C of the New Jersey Turnpike’s Hudson County Extension, where Tim O’Donnell, 48, and his daughter, Bridget, 5, of Bayonne were killed in the crash.
It is notable that Hahn has a colorful driving record! According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission, since Hahn received his driver’s license when he was 17 years old, he has received 28 license suspensions over the course of his driving history.
The majority were for administrative reasons like non-payment of surcharges for example and were administrative suspensions, the state says. His last suspension was in 2010.
The record also shows Hahn had 13 violations on his record, and that four were for speeding, dating back to 1998 and 2002.
There were two violations for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle in 2003 and 2004, and his last violation was in 2007 for operating a motor vehicle while suspended.
He has no record of drunk driving, and he currently has valid driving license privileges and no active points on his license.
His bail was set at $1 million.
O’Donnell is survived by his wife, Pam, and a 6-year-old daughter.