SOUTH RIVER, NJ - A drunk driver killed a local man Thursday morning while he was at work in South River.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Mark Tinitigan of the South River Police Department said that a 49-year old man was killed yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle on Pulawski Avenue in South River.

Phyliss Kocheran, 52, of South River was the operator of a blue 2011 Jeep Wrangler which struck the victim on Pulawski Avenue at 11:17 am on May 3, 2018.  Kocheran was issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while intoxicated.

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The deceased pedestrian was identified as William Oross, 49, of North Brunswick.  He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that victim died from blunt force injuries he sustained from being hit by the Jeep.

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.

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