TOMS RIVER – A local man died after a Garden State Parkway crash Thursday morning, police said.
Frederick Esser, 47, of Toms River, was driving a Mercedes-Benz south near mile marker 61.8 at around 10:10 a.m. Police said his car was sideswiped by a Volkswagen Passat. This caused Esser’s car to hit the left guardrail, then veer across the Parkway and leave the road to the right. He was thrown from the vehicle.
The Volkswagen went off the road and came to a rest on the right shoulder. Police said the people inside were unharmed.
The crash closed two of the southbound lanes for three hours, police said. The crash is still under investigation.