Witnesses: Driver may have suffered medical emergency before car hit, killed woman on Jersey Shore beach

Authorities in Cape May County are probing a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the North Cape May section of Lower Township.

News 12 Staff

Jun 1, 2022, 9:39 AM

Updated 746 days ago

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Authorities in Cape May County are probing a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the North Cape May section of Lower Township.
The incident happened around 7:38 p.m. Sunday when police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Beach Drive.
Upon arrival, officers found a 2015 Hyundai Elantra had struck another vehicle and then a pedestrian seated on a bench before coming to rest in the water.
Police say the pedestrian, identified as Donna Buhner, 75, of the Erma section of Lower Township, was airlifted to Cooper Trauma Center, where she died as a result of her injuries.
The driver of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra, identified as James Swayne, 56, of Somerset, was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.
Initial statements from witnesses indicate Swayne may have suffered a medical emergency just prior to the crash.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 or the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619.


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