Driver Charged In Deadly Accident That Injures Comedian Tracy Morgan

By: CBSNews
By: CBSNews

A Georgia truck driver was charged Saturday with causing a multi-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that led to the death of a passenger on actor Tracy Morgan's limousine bus, authorities said.

Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the early Saturday crash, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced late Saturday.

James McNair, 62, of Peekskill, N.Y., died in the crash while riding on Morgan's limo bus.

Morgan and two other passengers remain in critical condition. A fourth passenger was treated at a hospital and was released.

Roper's bail was set at $50,000, and authorities expected him to surrender.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, authorities say a preliminary investigation determined that the tractor-trailer Roper was driving crashed into the limo bus, a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter.

Four other vehicles were involved in the crash, but none of the occupants was injured.

Posted by: Lindsay Sax


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 262252511 - wibw.com/a?a=262252511
Gray Television, Inc.