Mullica Man Dead Following One Car Crash on Duerer Street

Shane Gerson was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Mullica Township man was pronounced dead on the scene following a one-car crash on Duerer Street in Galloway Sunday night, Galloway Township Police announced Monday morning.

Shane Gerson, 28, was driving his 1999 Oldsmobile sedan west when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a large tree on the west bound shoulder.

He was the only occupant and was pronounced dead on the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt and had to be extricated after the driver side sustained heavy damage.

It was unclear why he lost control, police said.

The accident is being investigated by Corporal Gregory Bollinger and Patrolman Kevin Costa of the Galloway Township Police Department. The Galloway Township Ambulance Squad, Cologne Fire Department, Pomona Fire Department and the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office assisted with the investigation.

The Galloway Township Police Department is requesting anyone who has any additional information or witnessed the accident to contact the department.
galloway7757 February 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM
It's extremely tragic to see that the roads across the township have become "dieways" the past few months. It was just in the Press of Atlantic City five days ago that Galloway Township has had the most fatal accidents in the past three months alone. This is the ninth fatality since the beginning of November. The GTPD clearly has no solution whatsoever (as usual). My prayers go out to the victim's family.
Seriously? February 24, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Hey I know - it is cold today - lets blame the GTPD!
galloway7757 February 24, 2014 at 03:47 PM
It is not about blaming a police department, it is about them taking initiative. I'm sorry that you support an extremely lackluster police department.
WD February 24, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Galloway7757, I'm sorry you have absolutely no understanding of what a police department does. The police are there to enforce the law, not to create law. If you think there needs to be a change, talk to your local representatives about what they can do to implement new policies and/or initiatives-- this has nothing to do with the police.
galloway7757 February 24, 2014 at 04:11 PM
I was an NJ state trooper for 27 years. Therefore I am well aware of what a police department does and can do. If you read my comments, you would understand that I am saying that they DO NOT enforce the law. Rather, the GTPD is constantly caught sitting and fooling around while crimes and other incidents occur. Instead of trying to give me a lecture, look and see why several residents of this town are ashamed to have the GTPD as our police department.
amlorello February 24, 2014 at 04:20 PM
WD, It has a lot to do with the police. They are tasked with preventing crimes and incidents from occurring. It's disturbing and sad that you and others (especially Shawn G) feel that no one has the right to criticize this police department.
Seriously? February 24, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Galloway7757: A poor soul runs off the road and into a tree and somehow the police have to "take initiative" to prevent this? Not sure what kind of initiative that might be. Psychics? crystal ball? I thinking blaming them for the cold weather makes about as much sense!
galloway7757 February 24, 2014 at 06:28 PM
If you knew how to read, you would see that I was referring to all fatal accidents within the past few months. Nine fatal accidents on Galloway Township roads since the beginning of November. Seven of those occurred on municipal controlled roads. It's called doing proactive patrolling on the roads. It is called common sense, I'm sorry that you do not have any along with the GTPD.
galloway7757 February 24, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Your fallacy with the cold weather does not help with your argument either.
tintonfallsretiree February 24, 2014 at 09:03 PM
It just amazes me that some people feel that this police department is not responsible for anything that goes on in Galloway. What's next, they don't have to respond to 911 calls whatsoever?
Seriously? February 25, 2014 at 07:49 AM
So all these accidents on different roads for different reasons - somehow the police will prevent them by some sort of magical "proactive patrolling" of the roads. Now if even just 2 of these accidents were at the same intersection or same stretch of road where people speed - then you would have a point. As it stands now - your argument makes no sense to anyone with any kind of reasoning ability. I know you will want to get the last word and respond to this so go ahead - but that is all I have time for today. Have a good one - and bundle up - its cold outside - darn cops!
galloway7757 February 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Proactive patrolling is not "magical", it is a method used by the NJ State Police and mostly every other municipal law enforcement agency in the country. Two accidents were on Moss Mill Rd. We can also look at how Wrangleboro Rd (a two mile long road) has had 45 accidents in the past year alone. I am sorry that you don't get what proactive patrolling is as it is common sense. Also, you fallacy with the cold weather only hurts your argument greatly and makes it sound stupid. But I guess that you don't know what a fallacy is either. You don't have time to respond as you have no argument whatsoever.
amlorello February 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM
I find Seriously?'s user name to be extremely fitting for them self. That is the same question that I am asking after each of their comments. If you dont know what proactive vs. reactive patrolling is, there is something extremely wrong. I and numerous others find galloway7757's argument to be very logical. The reasoning ability that you are likely using is likely either alien or non-existent. You have never commented on the Galloway Patch prior to this and come out swinging with statements that aren't even arguments. Also take note of how many people recommend galloway7757's comments and therefore agree with what they have to say. What about your comments? You don't even justify why you even support this police department. In regards to the weather, it is 32 in Galloway today. Warmer then it has usually been since the beginning of 2014. I guess you reference it only to show how impaired your arguments are. The last word is given to the person with the more superior argument. You gave it to him, I wonder why.
Areina Harris Gerson February 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM
How did this post about my fiance dying in a car crash turn into bashing the police department just like every town you have good cops and bad cops. I personally want to thank everyone who responded to the scene and although there wasnt anything they could do save his life they still did something And to.the officers who were there thank you again for your kind words and support during this most difficult. Please people.show some.damn respect toward my fiance who lost his life at young age and left behind a fiancee 2 children family.and many friends. Live life to the fullest because you never know when its your time Always tell people you care about you love them cuz u never know if thats the last time. Shane i love and miss you sooo very much I will find my strength thru the strength i seen in you and our boys will be okay i know you are with us in our hearts. Forever in my heart and thank you to everyone who sends their.prayers.and.colesendences to our family during this time.
galloway7757 February 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM
As I stated in my first post, my heartfelt prayers go out to his (Shane's) family. I have not seen those words uttered by one single other person on here. As you said, there are good and bad cops in every police department. Sadly, some people do not recognize that. Unfortunately, this is a public forum so anything can be written on here and people will take advantage of that. For example, the situation with our police department in Galloway has created a large rift among residents and frustrations are taken out on here. Just know that you are on my family's mind. If there is anything that I or others can do personally, please let us know.
amlorello February 25, 2014 at 01:29 PM
It's great to see that the GTPD finally found the ability to speak kind words to families in distress. That's something that they did not do with my family. Rather they ridiculed, trashed, and harassed my family for months after an incident one night.


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