GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP —A Mullica Township man who had just started a new job in Galloway died in a single-car crash Sunday night.

Shane R. Gerson, 28, previously served in the Navy and was in training to be a sales representative for an automotive company in Galloway Township.

“He was a very good employee. He was willing to learn and showed up to work every day,” said Al Ricci, owner of Al’s On Line Auto Parts in Cologne.

Gerson, who joined the Navy in 2005 and had held the rank of seaman recruit, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Sunday, after he hit a tree at about 8 p.m. on Duerer Street, near Frankfurt Avenue, police said.

“I heard it, I heard a noise,” said nearby resident Ann Stadtmuller. “It was a very very loud thud.”

The area where Gerson crashed was just between the border of Stadtmuller’s property and her neighbor’s.

“I figured he was trapped. The ambulance never left,” Stadtmuller said.

Police said Gerson was westbound on the road before losing control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. Gerson was the only occupant of the vehicle.

“When I hear that noise, I know it’s an accident,” Stadtmuller said of what she heard Sunday night. She knew immediately that someone had hit a tree, adding that such a noise she says is all too common on Duerer Street.

“There are numerous accidents just between Frankfurt Avenue and the woods,” Stadtmuller said. “I am just so sorry for the family.”

Gerson’s fiancee declined to comment, but a public post on Facebook states she and her two sons loved him dearly.

Police said the cause of the accident was under investigation.

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