August 27, 2015

Former Seminary Professor Dies in Auto Accident

Donald E. Capps, an emeritus professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, has died as a result of injuries sustained Wednesday morning in an auto accident on Library Place. Mr. Capps, 76, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at 8:54 PM at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Mr Capps was driving a silver Volkswagen Beetle north on Library Place at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday. According to an investigation by the Princeton Police Department, the Volkswagen crossed the intersection of Stockton Street and continued to travel in a northerly direction on Library Place. After crossing the intersection of Library Place and Stockton Street, the Volkswagen veered in an easterly direction and struck the right rear bumper of a green Volvo that was being operated by Princeton resident Sharon Worthington.

It was determined that the Volvo was in front of the Volkswagen when this impact occurred. After striking the Volvo, the Volkswagen collided with a tree near the east sidewalk area of 65 Stockton Street and came to its final resting position. The Volkswagen sustained heavy front end damage, including airbag deployment.

Mr. Capps had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. The front seat passenger of the Volkswagen, Karen Capps, complained of pain in her upper body and back and was also transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

There was very minor damage to the Volvo that was operated by Ms. Worthington, who did not report any injuries and drove her vehicle from the scene. The Volkswagen was towed from the scene by Stewart’s Towing. According to police, the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Mr. Capps was an American theologian and former William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.