|Kevin Roper is etched in stone as the guy who seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan.|
The man who was driving the semi-truck on the New Jersey Turnpike didn't get sleep. He's been up for over 24 hours. Now he's getting rest in the county lockup. As he prepares to lose not only his job at the world's largest employer but the freedom of having a vehicle. Not to mention that he'll be forever known as the guy who injured Tracy Morgan and killed his friend fellow comedian James McNair.
He's facing vehicular homicide for the death of Jimmy Mac.
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to the family of Jimmy Mac.
CNN reports that Kevin Roper, 35, is charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto in the Saturday morning crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
A Walmart spokeswoman issued a news release that said it was investigating the case.
"With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of service regulations," Brooke Buchanan said in a written statement, referring to limits of 11 hours driving in a 14-hour period followed by 10 hours of rest.
The wreck took place about 1 a.m. Saturday when the limo bus Morgan was in was hit by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.
|Tracy Morgan survived the accident but is still fighting for his life. His friend Jimmy Mac (aka James McNair) was killed in the accident.|
Morgan was a passenger in a Mercedes Sprinter limousine involved in a 6-vehicle accident in New Jersey. Just after 1:00am EDT Saturday morning the limousine bus, carrying Morgan and six others, was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike just north of Trenton, New Jersey when it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer operated by Walmart, causing a chain reaction crash.
The four comedians, along with Morgan's assistant and two limo company employees, had been returning from an engagement at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware as part of Morgan's "Turn it Funny" comedy stand-up tour.
The crash killed Morgan's friend and collaborator, 63-year-old comedian James McNair.
Morgan was taken by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he is reported to be in a responsive but critical condition in the intensive care unit.