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.