Cape May, NJ – Eva Wolfe Identified as Pedestrian Fatality on Lafayette St

Cape May, NJ – Eva Wolfe Identified as Pedestrian Fatality on Lafayette St

Cape May, NJ (May 18, 2022) – Officials have finally released more information regarding a collision on Sunday, May 15th in Cape May that involved an erratic driver who struck and killed a pedestrian.

According to sources, at about 4:15 p.m., officers from the Cape May Police Department responded to reports of an erratic driver on the Route 109 bridge heading into town. An officer then witnessed the driver of the vehicle crash in the 500th block of Lafayette Street.

The pedestrian, who has since been identified as 63-year-old Eva Wolfe, a resident of Marlton, died at the scene. 

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 2011 Nissan Pathfinder, 51-year-old Michael Fitzpatrick, a resident of Lafayette Hill, PA, and his juvenile passenger were both taken by ambulance to Cape Regional Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. 

The Acting Prosecutor for Cape May County said that the events surrounding the event are still being investigated. No charges have been filed at this time.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Ms. Eva Wolfe, at this time.

Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey

Cape May, NJ - Eva Wolfe Identified as Pedestrian Fatality on Lafayette St

Every pedestrian injury case is distinct and the weight of the claim lies in the severity and longevity of the pedestrian’s injuries. A claim’s value is comprised of their hospital expenses and additional medical costs along with any lost income. These are combined with any subjective, non-monetary losses such as pain, suffering, and a diminished quality of life.

Anytime a pedestrian is injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, the first avenue of economic recovery they should pursue will be via the driver of the vehicle that struck them. This means the injured victim will need to seek payment for their damages from their auto insurance company. 

In specific cases, victims may be eligible to bring a suit for recovery against a third party, such as the town, county, or city where the accident took place in the event that dangerous road conditions or a poorly designed intersection played a role. Pedestrian victims may also be qualified to collect compensation from the insurer of the property manager or owner if a treacherous circumstance or condition on their footpath or in their parking lot had a hand in the incident.

Standard forms of financial compensation that injured pedestrians are usually awarded include:  

  • Medical, doctor, hospital, and other healthcare provider bills
  • Costs of physical rehabilitation
  • Ambulance and paramedic costs
  • Prescription drug costs
  • Transportation to and from medically necessary appointments
  • Lost income due to being unable to work
  • Exemplary damages
  • Pain and suffering

New Jersey’s Comparative Negligence Act says that a victim is entitled to compensation for their losses, even if they are found to share in the liability for the event that caused them.

An insurance company will assign each individual involved in the incident a percentage of liability. The total amount of losses that the injured pedestrian is ultimately awarded will be reduced by that same percentage. 

Contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at (800) 469-6476 immediately after an accident to schedule a free case evaluation.  

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.