MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - North Brunswick's William Oross, 49, was busy at work in South River at 11:00 on a spring morning when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Now that driver has pled guilty to the charge of Second-Degree Vehicular Homicide will spend more than five years in prison.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a press release that that Phyllis Kocheran, 52, of South River, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated for striking and causing the death of William Oross on May 3, 2018.
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, Kocheran will be sentenced to a prison term of six years for striking and killing William Oross. This term is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of her prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
Kocheran is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Michael Toto on October 2, 2018.
The defendant was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Joseph Guiamano of the South River Police Department and Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
The investigation determined that Kocheran while driving her blue 2011 Jeep Wrangler on Pulawski Avenue on May 3, 2018 at 11:17 in the morning was highly intoxicated when she struck William Oross who was working for a private recycling company at the time he was struck. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead from the blunt force injuries he sustained from being hit by her Jeep.