Single-car crash claims life of 22-year-old Dayton man


SOUTH BRUNSWICK – An early morning crash on Sept. 19, resulting in one fatality, is under investigation in South Brunswick.

South Brunswick police officers responded to the area of Major Road for a single-car motor vehicle crash around 4:35 a.m.

The investigation revealed a 2005 Ford F-350 driven by a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man left the roadway and overturned, according to a statement provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department.

A passenger in the vehicle, Gerald Pellak, III, 22, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick, died at the scene.

I saw your team’s coverage of the tragic death of Gerald “Jerry” Pellak, III, and I am reaching out in hopes of helping his family.

In less than 24 hours, more than $8,000 was contributed to honor Pellak’s memory via a GoFundMe page, exceeding the original $5,000 goal. To view the donation site, visit

Anyone with information on the crash should call Officer William Beard of the South Brunswick Police Department at 732-329-4000, ext. 7439, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4328.