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Trucker Charged with Manslaughter in Tracy Morgan Accident Case

December 29, 2015

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An NTSB investigation found that driver fatigue played a role in the fatal accident. Image via NTSB
An NTSB investigation found that driver fatigue played a role in the fatal accident. Image via NTSB

The truck driver who rear-ended comedian Tracy Morgan’s limousine, injuring him and killing another comedian, has been indicted for charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault, according to a New York Times report.

Truck driver Kevin Roper’s Walmart truck crashed into Morgan’s limo in June 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike when he failed to notice that traffic had slowed ahead of him. Morgan was severely injured and comedian James McNair was killed as a result of the collision. Three other passengers were also injured in the crash.

Morgan sued Walmart, accusing the driver of falling asleep at the wheel after being awake for 28 hours prior to the accident. The two sides settled for an undisclosed sum out of court.

Roper pled not guilty after being charged initially with vehicular homicide and a Superior Court judge determined at the time that a grand jury would decide how to continue the case.

The charges brought against Roper could carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

Earlier this year, an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that driver fatigue played a role in the accident. Roper was on hour 13 of a 14-hour shift,but had driven for 12 hours from his home in Georgia to Delaware to start his route.

Comments

  1. 1. SQ609 [ December 30, 2015 @ 08:29AM ]

    Why would Wal-Mart or any company for that matter have a driver drive for "12 hours" from Georgia to Delaware in his car to pick up a load? You mean to tell me that there wasn't a load anywhere in Georgia or the surrounding states this driver could've picked up? Wal-Mart was definitely at fault here to a large degree. And the driver should've pressed his dispatch for a better or a closer load. Because there are "quite a few" stores and distribution centers this driver could've been dispatched to instead having to drive all the way to Delaware. Wal-Mart needs to pay for his defense as well if they're already not doing so.

  2. 2. Alvin shutz [ December 31, 2015 @ 01:56PM ]

    What people don't realize. Disbatch is Go Na do what thay. Want. Drivers need to push harder. For more rest

  3. 3. passin thru [ January 01, 2016 @ 07:48AM ]

    the 12 hours was on personal time....

  4. 4. rob schmitt [ January 01, 2016 @ 06:42PM ]

    driver was hired in del ware to work out of that warehouse.that is why he had a12 hour commute to work.wal-mart knew this when they hired him.so the blame is on both awl-mart and the driver.as far the dispatch they do not know he has 12 hour commute.if you try to park early because of being tired you are talked to about productivity big companies do not care till somebody gets hurt.then its cover there tracks

  5. 5. Dennis [ January 01, 2016 @ 07:38PM ]

    The driver knew how long it would take to get back to his truck. He should have left home in enough time to rest before he had to make his run. Any driver that hires on with a company that is not in his neighborhood had to allow for commute time before going to work.

  6. 6. Lowell [ January 02, 2016 @ 09:24AM ]

    The driver is clearly to blame on this one. He clearly knew he had a 12 hour drive ahead of him before he went on duty for Walmart. And as such he should have planned accordingly. The companies like Walmart should not have to run a baby sitting service for all their drivers. The only reason Walmart is in the picture is for the money that they (plaintiff) can get out of them in a lawsuit.

  7. 7. Wes [ January 02, 2016 @ 09:33AM ]

    I noticed that your story conveniently omitted the fact that the Walmart truck Kevin Roper was driving had an electronic log book. You guys keep saying how ELC will improve safety. This is a perfect case that clearly illustrates that they do NOT improve safety. If a driver and a carrier are both having negative " blame -the-other -guy" attitudes, it's only a matter of time before there's and accident. If neither a driver or carrier are genuinely committed to safe practices, there's no amount of rule making that can stop the results of their bad habits. All you end up doing is making things miserable for all the vast majority of law abiding people.

  8. 8. just sayin [ January 04, 2016 @ 10:12AM ]

    Any employer or manager knows that you can not dictate what an employee does off work hours. Typical truck driver takes rest period at the truck in the sleeper or get a hotel room. If you drive truck for a living this is part of life. If the driver's route takes him close to home that's how it works out. This driver made the choice to drive home between loads, then drive back to his truck just in time to report to work. No different than if you drove all night to report to work in the morning. Blaming Walmart is ignorant. My brother in law has a home in Boise and drives all over the west coast sometimes not getting home for weeks. He also comes to visit us in OR occasionally between loads making sure he is back to his truck in time to allow ample rest.

 

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