Man accused in 5-year-old DWI crash offered plea deal



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man accused in a fatal drunken driving case five years ago in Orange County has been offered a plea deal, something that doesn't sit well with the victim's family.

For Jane Werner-Polecek, it's been five years since her daughter, Julie Werner, was killed in a car crash near State Road 408 and Dean Road.

State troopers said the man who caused the crash was Adam Nocheherly. Authorities said Nocheherly was over the legal drinking and driving limit and was speeding when he struck Werner's car, killing her and friend Charlotte Lemaster.

But before investigators could put together a case and arrest Nocheherly, they said he fled to Lebanon to avoid prosecution.

A year later, in 2010, Nocheherly's case made headlines again when he re-entered the country and was arrested.

Now, Werner's family said the state attorney's office has offered a plea deal that would give Nocheherly six and a half years in prison for pleading guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide instead of the two counts of DWI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

"I felt like it was an insult, three years per person," said Werner's mother. "It's like there's a big hole in the family and we walk around it and it's where she's missing."

A plea hearing for the case is set for Thursday afternoon.