FREEHOLD – The EMT and freelance journalist that was brutally attacked in May 2018 has succumbed to his injuries, passing away at the age of 56.
Jerry Wolkowitz was the victim of an alleged racially motivated beating by 26-year old Jamil Hubbard, which left him on life support for the past six months.
In a September court hearing, it was revealed that Hubbard attacked Wolkowitz “because he was a white man,” according to Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Keri-Leigh Schaefer.
On May 1, Wolkowitz was walking near his apartment in Harding Road when Hubbard allegedly beat him and drove over him with his Chevrolet Malibu. Following the incident, Hubbard stole Wolkowitz’ Kia Forte, which was found in Sayreville later that day when Hubbard was arrested.
Wolkowitz was a lifetime member of the Freehold First Aid and Rescue Squad, and worked as a photojournalist, photographer, EMT and ambulance supervisor.
Until his passing, Wolkowitz was surrounded by loved ones while on life support.
Hubbard has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, bias intimidation, armed robbery, eluding and theft. He also has two prior convictions for endangering and drug dealing. Hubbard remains in jail pending a trial.
It is not certain whether new charges will be pursued following Wolkowitz’ death, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
If you wish to contribute, a GoFundMe site has been set up to help afford funeral expenses.