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Funeral services announced for Hackettstown High School student killed in crash

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Funeral services have been scheduled for a Hackettstown High School student who was killed in a crash early Saturday morning.

Visitation for Isabella M Todaro, 17, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 213 Main Street, in Hackettstown. A Memorial Service celebrating Isabella’s life will immediately follow the visitation at 6:00 p.m. in the church.

Isabella was a senior at Hackettstown High School. She enjoyed going to the Tiger’s Football games, shopping and spending time with her friends. She was employed at Stella G’s and Heath Village in Hackettstown. Above all she loved her family and friends. She will be greatly missed, her obituary said.

She is survived by her loving parents, Lisa Ann Todaro and Louis Todaro, her sister Ashley Lipinski and her husband Christopher and her twin brother, Louis E. Todaro and her nephew Owen Lipinski. She also leaves behind many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, her obituary said.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Maguire-Scala Memorial Home, 124 High Street, in Hackettstown. To send an online condolence visit

“To Honor Isabella, the Todaro family would like for all family, friends, students, faculty, and anyone else who would like to join in a Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:00 p.m. The location of the Vigil will be in the open field on Reese Avenue in Hackettstown next to the Hatchery Hill School where the Spring Festival is held. So please join me in honoring the loss of Isabella at this Candlelight Vigil,” Hackettstown Mayor Jerry DiMaio said.

Todaro died in a single-vehicle crash that happened at around 2:25 a.m. on Flocktown Road near Nestlingwood Drive in Washington Township, Morris County.

The vehicle struck a utility pole causing significant damage, police said.

“The investigation is ongoing and no additional details will be released. We extend our deepest condolences to the driver’s family,” police said.

Superintendent of Hackettstown Public School District Debra Grigoletti said in a community letter, that the high school will be opened during the following times to offer support services to any
community member in need:

  • Monday, Oct. 9, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., enter through the New Gym entrance

“We ask parents to notify us directly if their child is having difficulties. Please keep in mind that any traumatic event can trigger an emotional reaction, even to an unrelated event (family illness, prior losses, etc.),” Grigoletti said.

Anyone that would like to seek services outside of the school setting you may also reach out to Don Gebhard, who serves as both a pastor within our Hackettstown community and a chaplain at Hackettstown Medical Center is available for support. He can be contacted at 862-309-3670.

“Once the District reopens on Tuesday, we will continue to provide support and provide whatever assistance we can to impacted staff and students,” Grigoletti said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help alleviate the financial burden for the family.

The GoFundMe organizer wrote, “Isabella was in her senior year at Hackettstown High School, with a bright future ahead of her. She was a hard worker and loved spending time with friends, family and had a special bond with twin brother Louis. We will always remember her bright blue eyes and contagious laugh. She will me greatly missed by all who knew her.”

The GoFundMe has set a goal of $50,000 and as of Sunday evening, it has raised more than $46,000. If you would like to donate, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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