A professional photographer who was brutally beaten in the parking lot of his apartment complex and then run over with his own car in May has succumbed to his injuries, family members announced Thursday.
Jerry Wolkowitz, 56, died Thursday morning, surrounded by family and friends, said Christine King, who spoke on behalf of the family. He had been recuperating in an acute-care rehabilitation facility since Sept. 10, where he was moved after spending more than four months in the hospital following the May 1 attack. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Jamil S. Hubbard, 25, of Sayreville, who was arrested May 1 in what the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said was a racially motivated attack, is being held in the Monmouth County jail pending trial. He is charged with first-degree attempted murder, third-degree possession of a weapon (a motor vehicle) for an unlawful purpose and first-degree bias intimidation, Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in May.
“We will not discuss any changes to the charges at this time,” the prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
Wolkowitz, a professional photographer and freelance photojournalist for more than 30 years, was found lying in the parking lot of his apartment complex with injuries to his head and body about 7:15 a.m. on May 1 by Freehold Township police.
Prosecutors allege Hubbard approached Wolkowitz from behind and punched him in the head and face before dragging him into the parking lot, then stole Wolkowitz’s car and ran over him with it, Gramiccioni said. Wolkowitz’s car was later discovered abandoned on Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville, Gramiccioni said.