Act of kindness results in woman's death

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:14

    Newton-A 25-year-old Newton woman lost her life last week in an attempt to be a Good Samaritan. On the morning of July 5, Rebecka Storer, who lived and worked in Sussex County, stopped with a group of friends on the side of Route 24 in Union County to help a stranger who had just been in an automobile accident. Moments later, a sport utility vehicle ran off of the road and struck Storer, as well as two other people who were seriously injured. The mother of a three-year-old daughter, Storer was a student at Sussex County Community College, and had been recently engaged to William Gancarcik of Franklin. Storer had been working at two local paint stores in Sparta and Newton while studying to be a paralegal. "My heart goes out to the family," said manager of The Paint Spot in Newton, Howard Hill, last week. "She was a good human being and a good mom, she will be missed terribly." "She was a very sweet girl," said Sparta's Deputy Mayor Ailish Hambel of Ailish's Alpine Paint Centre last week." You could tell she was a very good mommy, every time she talked about her daughter it brought such a smile to her face." Hambel also noted how Gancarcik, whom she referred to as "Bill," would occasionally stop by the store and would also helping to bring a smile to Storer's face. "We're a small place and we're a tight group," said Hambel. "We're just going to miss her very much." Hambel, who called Storer a "giver" and an "extremely helpful person," said that the ability to always be pleasant was one of the young woman's most striking qualities. Gancarcik, was traveling with Storer and friend Martin Crown of Byram on their way to a fishing trip when they pulled over to help Whitney Farkus of Asbury who had just been in an automobile accident. Moments later, an SUV driven by a Pennsylvania resident struck Storer, as well as Crown and Farkus. Storer was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark. As of last week, no charges had been filed against the SUV driver.