Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

Jun 11, 2014 06:13 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro


A Wal-Mart truck driver accused of causing a fatal New Jersey car crash that injured actor Tracy Morgan pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

The driver, Kevin Roper, 35, had supposedly not slept for over 24 hours before he got behind the wheel of his truck, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.

The actor was airlifted from the scene to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in critical condition, NBC10 reported.

Morgan, 45, is known for his roles on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." He "remains in critical but stable condition," and was making a slow recovery from injuries that includes a broken nose, leg, and ribs, according to his spokesman Lewis Kay, who spoke to Reuters.

Sgt. Gregory Williams of the State Police said Morgan was one of several passengers traveling in a limo bus that overturned when several vehicles crashed into each other.

A passenger of the limo van, comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, was killed in the crash, according to Reuters.

Besides the limo bus, a total of two tractor-trailers, a sport utility vehicle and two cars were involved in the crash, Sergeant Williams said, according to The New York Times.

Morgan joined SNL in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy NBC show for seven years before joining "30 Rock," which was created by his former SNL co-star Tina Fey.

Wal-Mart has publicly stated it will cooperate in the state and federal investigation into the crash. 

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