Owner of popular Moonshadows restaurant in Malibu, and son, killed in fiery crash on the same day
(Photo Courtesy of Gage Skidmore)
By: Brittany Murphy
December 4, 2019 at 1:21 PM EST
Moonshadows Restaurant owner Steven O’Donnell (pictured right) was killed on December 4, 2019, while driving with his son, at the age of 43, southbound from the intersection of North Hollywood Way and East Paseo Padre Parkway. O’Donnell reportedly crashed into a utility pole at an intersection with a stop sign, then exited the oncoming traffic lane when he saw his vehicle was still moving.
O’Donnell (pictured left) had previously served as a cop for 16 years, and his son, who was in the passenger seat, was a police officer. Both families are from New York City.
O’Donnell and his son (and the restaurant’s current owner) were killed in a fiery crash on the same day, also leaving behind a wife and a young son.
The family-owned restaurant, located on the same block as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was named the second-best food restaurant in the nation by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2017.
A native of New York City, O’Donnell worked for the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 16 years, starting in 2002.
The family’s son, 27, died at the scene.
In addition to his work as a police officer, O’Donnell, a former federal prosecutor, reportedly served as a senior defense attorney in the US Virgin Islands and was an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.
O’Donnell was married to Marjorie O’Donnell, who was also killed in the crash.
Steven O’Donnell’s son, Joshua, is one of the two youngest members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite bomb squad. He also served as the department’s vice president of operations for the bomb squad and tactical training division.
The L.A. City Council, City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez (D), and the Los Angeles Police Protective League have offered their support to the families of the two officers and the restaurant’s current owner, calling the crash “utterly devastating to our entire community,” according to an official statement from Rodriguez.