By Leora Arnowitz
Published June 09, 2014
The Walmart truck driver accused of causing a crash in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian had not slept for more than 24 hours, according to a criminal complaint filed following the accident.
Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Ga., who will make an initial court appearance on Wednesday, has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto and is currently free on $50,000 bail. Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic along the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday and swerved to avoid a crash, authorities said. His rig smashed into the back of Morgan’s Mercedes limo bus, killing Morgan’s comic writer James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. Other vehicles, including another tractor-trailer, got hit as a result, causing a pileup.
Roper was accompanied by his attorney when he turned himself in to New Jersey State Police on Sunday.
Keith Holloway, a public affairs officer for the National Transportation Safety Board, told FoxNews.com the agency is investigating the crash and will explore the possibility that Roper or Walmart were in violation of the Federal Motor Carrying Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulations. The FMCSA has a long list of rules truck drivers must comply with in order to ensure they’ve had enough rest before getting behind the wheel, rules that were tightened last July.