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North Brunswick resident killed in alleged drunk driving crash in South River

A 49-year-old North Brunswick resident was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Pulawski Avenue in South River.

The deceased pedestrian was identified as William Oross. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Mark Tinitigan of the South River Police Department.

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 a.m. on May 3. She was issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while intoxicated, officials said.

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

An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded he died from blunt force injuries he sustained from being hit with the Jeep, according to the statement.

Anyone with information should call Guiamano at 732-238-1000 or Morris at 732-745-4194.

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