Man convicted in turnpike crash that killed teacher, girl

March 15, 2019

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A driver accused of causing a multivehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike Hudson County Extension that left a teacher and his 6-year-old daughter dead has been convicted on aggravated manslaughter.

Scott Hahn was also found guilty Thursday of vehicular homicide and drug possession counts in the February 2016 deaths of Timothy and Bridget O’Donnell of Bayonne. The 39-year-old Hamilton man now faces several decades in prison when he’s sentenced May 24.

Hudson County prosecutors say Hahn’s car rear-ended a vehicle driven by O’Donnell in Jersey City. The crash occurred as O’Donnell was slowing down with westbound traffic near a toll plaza.

O’Donnell’s car was forced into the eastbound lane, where another vehicle hit it. He and his daughter Bridget were pronounced dead shortly afterward.