Middlesex County News

South River Woman Charged with Reckless Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following a fatal accident on Pulawski Avenue in South River, Phyllis Kocheran (52) has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the second degree and vehicular homicide in the second degree.  Kocheran is also charged with driving while intoxicated when she struck and killed William Oross (49) of North Brunswick at 11:17 am on May 3.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Mark Tinitigan of the South River Police Department announced that the two additional counts were filed on May 11, 2018 against the South River woman. 

Kocheran is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending a Detention Hearing scheduled for today in New Brunswick.

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An investigation by Detective Joseph Guiamano of the South River Police Department and Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the victim was working for a private recycling company at the time he was struck.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Guiamano at (732) 238-1000, or Detective Morris (732) 745-4194.

As in the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Kocheran are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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