Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guilty - FOX 35 News Orlando

Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guilty

Posted: Updated:
Tracy Morgan (AP photo) Tracy Morgan (AP photo)
Kevin Roper, 35, of Georgia has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Kevin Roper, 35, of Georgia has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
MYFOXNY.COM/AP - A Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering a deadly crash involving actor/comedian Tracy Morgan appeared in court on Wednesday.

Kevin Roper, 35, was released on bail Monday following the incident over the weekend. He faced a judge in Middlesex County Court in New Brunswick, where he pleaded not guilty to to death by auto and assault by auto.

A criminal complaint alleges Roper had not slept for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash; a claim the 35-year-old disputes. 

Morgan remains in critical but stable condition following a multi-vehicle collision on the NJ Turnpike that left one person dead and another injured.

A Twitter account that appears but is not confirmed to be his stated: "First off i never said i was awake for 24 hours, not once did i say that to any law enforcement or media person. These are lies being spread because they are pressured to make an arrest as this accident was being covered "NATIONALLY" because a famous person was involved."

Morgan is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks following surgery on a broken leg suffered in the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. The 45-year-old actor and comedian, a former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member, was "more responsive" on Sunday following the surgery, said spokesman Lewis Kay.

Morgan's fiancée, Megan Wollover, is said to be by his side and rumors about Morgan's leg being amputated are false, added Kay.

Roper has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.  He is accused of failing to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday in Cranbury, New Jersey and swerved to avoid a crash.

His rig smashed into the back of Morgan's Mercedes limo bus, killing comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair. 

"I knew everybody on that bus. James McNair is the nicest guy in the comedy game. He was around when we all started 25 years ago together. A lot of people became very successful and he was never a hater. He was always real supportive. We called him 'Uncle Jimmy Mac,'" said comedian Kevin Brown. 

The New York Daily News reported disturbing information from the Twitter account that bears Roper's name. The bio section of the account had read: "Trying to win more than lose! Driving trucks for a living #Walmart," but an earlier version read "It's my road move or get hit!"

The Twitter account has not been verified to belong to Roper. A man named Jeremy Crawford, claiming to be a friend of Roper's, notified the Daily News of the Twitter account. 

A Wal-Mart spokesperson said Roper doesn't have a Twitter account.

MyFoxNY/Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Revel closing, but property fight goes on

    Revel closing, but property fight goes on

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:34:07 GMT
    A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
    A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
  • Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest

    Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:33:49 GMT
    The body of a missing New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week has been found. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., had been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest and the two became separated, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
    The body of a missing New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week has been found. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., had been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest and the two became separated, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
  • Bergen County sheriff delays deployment of military vehicles

    Bergen County sheriff delays deployment of military vehicles

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:22:51 GMT
    A northern New Jersey sheriff has delayed deployment of armored vehicles that are being acquired through a federal military surplus program. In a statement, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino announced Thursday he is taking the action after the U.S. attorney general and state attorney general decided to review the program in the wake of police response to civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
    A northern New Jersey sheriff has delayed deployment of armored vehicles that are being acquired through a federal military surplus program. In a statement, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino announced Thursday he is taking the action after the U.S. attorney general and state attorney general decided to review the program in the wake of police response to civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices