The truck driver accused of causing a horrific accident that left Tracy Morgan in critical condition and killed his mentor is making the case all about how he is being maligned by the press.
Tracy Morgan remains hospitalized today after a horrific car crash left him in critical condition, injured three others and killed the comedian’s mentor — but somehow the truck driver responsible is making himself into the victim.
In a series of tweets, Walmart trucker Kevin Roper rants that the media are making him into the bad guy, that he was not suffering from sleep deprivation as the police claim and that the only reason he is being charged with any crime is because there was a celebrity involved. The criminal complaint against Roper says he was awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash.
Roper is due to appear in the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey on June 11, 2014 for his arraignment. He is being charged with vehicular homicide for the death of James McNair and assault by auto for injuring Morgan, Ardie Fuqua, Jeffrey Millea and Harris Stanton in the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Since Roper denies telling cops he hadn’t rested as required by law, it is unclear how it was determined that he was sleep-deprived.
“The details are the subject of the ongoing investigation and we are cooperating fully with the appropriate law enforcement agencies,” said Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Roper’s employer Walmart.
Morgan’s condition is listed as “critical but stable,” according to his rep, and rumors that his leg will be amputated “are completely fabricated.”