Truck Driver Charged In Fatal Crash That Critically Injured Tracy Morgan
The truck driver who was operating the tractor trailer that plowed through slow moving traffic and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan has been arrested and charged with four counts of assault.
Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Georgia, surrendered to authorities after they found him responsible for the six-car pile up that took place on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday (June 7). Roper came through the Turnpike at around 1a.m., and failed to notice that traffic was moving at a slow pace. By the time the truck driver realized the need to slow down, it was too late.
In an effort to prevent tragedy, Roper swerved his vehicle. This, in turn, caused a rippling effect as the tractor trailer collided with a limousine bus and several other vehicles on the road.
The limo bus was carrying comedian Tracy Morgan. The ’30 Rock’ star was headed from a standup show in Deleware, and slated to perform in North Carolina. He was, however, critically injured upon the tractor trailer’s impact and remains in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Robert Wood Johnson hospital. James McNair, also a passenger in the limousine was fatally injured by the crash.
New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said the following of the incident:
“The driver of the tractor trailer …failed to observe the slow moving traffic ahead of him. he driver did observe the traffic, but it was too late. It was just prior to impact, he swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the collision. But he was unable to.”
Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail.
Source: NBC Los Angeles