Truck driver pleads "not guilty" in Tracy Morgan crash
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 01:27
June 11 - Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, pleads not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide while driving with too little sleep, slamming into the back of a limousine van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A Georgia truck driver accused of causing a fatal car crash on a New Jersey highway that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan appeared in court on Wednesday (June 11).
He pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide while driving with too little sleep.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc delivery driver Kevin Roper, 35, stayed silent during the arraignment in New Brunswick, New Jersey, before he was released on $50,000 bail he posted after his arrest.
He faces charges of death by auto and injury by auto while operating his tractor trailer without having slept "in excess of 24 hours," according to prosecutors.
Roper is accused of failing to see traffic slowing in front of him on the New Jersey Turnpike and slamming into the back of a limousine van carrying Morgan, best known for roles on "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live," and several of his associates.
The chain reaction crash early on Saturday involved a total of six vehicles, and left a passenger in the limo van, comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, dead.
Morgan and two other van passengers were critically injured and remain hospitalized in New Jersey. A fourth limo passenger was injured less severely.
Morgan's spokesman, Lewis Kay, said on Tuesday the 45-year-old entertainer "remains in critical but stable condition," and was making a slow recovery from injuries including a broken leg, nose and ribs.
Wal-Mart has promised to cooperate in the state and federal investigation into the crash and said its drivers are among the safest on the road.
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