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The complaint alleges her original attorney “negligently failed to act with the degree of competence and reasonable skill generally possessed by attorneys.”

BAYONNE — Pam O’Donnell, whose husband and daughter were killed in a February 2016 car crash in Jersey City, has brought a lawsuit against her previous attorney, alleging he failed to submit a notice of tort to the New Jersey Turnpike, ultimately preventing her from “recovering full, fair and just compensation.”

The complaint alleges Peter Cresci, whom O’Donnell hired as her attorney immediately after the tragic deaths of her husband Tim, 48, and 5-year-old daughter Bridget, sent a notice of tort claim meant for the NJ Turnpike to the wrong address, the complaint states.

On Feb. 22, 2016, Timothy O’Donnell, a teacher at County Prep High School, and his daughter, Bridget, were approaching the 14C toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike Hudson County Extension when their car was rear-ended by Scott Hahn, 36.

Tim O’Donnell’s car was propelled through the toll plaza and into oncoming, eastbound traffic, before it was struck by a van operated by a McCabe Ambulance Service driver. There were no barriers separating the east- and westbound lanes of the busy highway.

Timothy O’Donnell was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bridget was pronounced dead a short time later at the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health.

The lawsuit, filed in Hudson County Superior Curt on Jan 29, lists Cresci, three different law firms in his name, and a number of John Doe attorneys and law firms as placeholder defendants in the suit. The complaint charges Cresci with three counts of malpractice and seeks various compensatory damages.

Cresci did not return a message seeking comment.

Pam O’Donnell declined to comment on the lawsuit, deferring all comment to her attorneys, who also did not return a message for comment.

According to the lawsuit, Pam O’Donnell retained Cresci to represent herself, her daughter Ali, and the estates of her husband and Bridget, and file civil litigation against relevant parties — including the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Peter J. Cresci speaks at the Bayonne City Council meeting on Aug. 24, 2016. Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal

According to state law, plaintiffs seeking to file a tort claim must first submit a notice of claim directly to the entity in question within 90 days of the cause of action — in this …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News

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Woman whose family died in Turnpike crash sues her former attorney

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