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Wife Charged with Death by Auto for Killing Husband in Hillsborough

Posted April 2, 2023


Amanda O’Keefe, 37, of Hillsborough is charged with 2nd-degree murder, death by auto, after she allegedly drove while drunk and struck and killed her husband outside their home. She voluntarily turned herself in on March 29 to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, where she was arrested and lodged in the Somerset County Jail until she was released on March 30 pending a future court appearance.


Robert O’Keefe, 41, of Hillsborough, died after being struck with a vehicle at his Clark Lane residence on Saturday, February 25, in Hillsborough.

Amanda O’Keefe


Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Hillsborough Township Chief of Police Michael McMahon announced the arrest on March 31.


Prosecutor McDonald stated that on Saturday, February 25, at 2:28 am, Hillsborough Township Police Officers and Hillsborough Emergency Services were dispatched to the O'Keefe residence in Hillsborough in response to a 9-1-1 call. The victim, Robert O’Keefe, was struck by a vehicle driven by his spouse, Amanda O’Keefe, and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.


Detectives and members of the Somerset County Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene to investigate. Investigators from the NJ Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to the scene to investigate.


Prosecutor McDonald stated that the investigation revealed that Amanda O’Keefe was over the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) limit at the time of incident.


The investigation remains on-going. Prosecutor McDonald, Chief Fodor, and Chief McMahon request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors

Office Major Crimes Unit at 908.231.7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police

Department at 908.369.4323.


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NOTE: The charges are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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