Truck driver Kevin Roper,35, of Jonesboro, Ga., is accused of slamming a Walmart big rig into comedian Tracey Morgan’s limo bus early Saturday along the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

The complaint filed by the Cranbury Township Municipal Court alleges Roper  ”committed vehicular homicide by operating a vehicle recklessly and causing the death of James McNair, specifically by operating a 2011 Peterbilt Truck … on the New Jersey turnpike without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident in violation of NJS 2C 11-51, a crime of the second degree.”

In addition to the previously mentioned charges, Roper faces multiple counts of assault by auto “and causing serious bodily injury” to Morgan, and the other passengers of the car.

The complaint also provided Roper is set to appear in court today to answer to these charges. Roper has been out on a $50,000 bond.

Walmart released a statement late Friday in response to the tragic trucking accident: “With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of service regulations. The details are the subject of the ongoing investigation and we are cooperating fully with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. The investigation is ongoing and unfortunately we can’t comment further on the specifics. Federal law requires drivers to work no more than 14 hours for any shift and 11 hours of driving.”
Overworked and tired truck drivers are a leading factor in car wrecks involving tractor trailers, and our Alabama truck accident attorneys are well aware of the dangers involving large 18- wheeler trucks on Alabama roadways.
The American Transportation Research Institute created a website to proactively help companies and drivers by educating people regarding fatigue issues plaguing the commercial truck driver industry.
The website includes tools and training for not just the commercial truck drivers but their families, management, shippers and receivers, and truck dispatchers.
Our office handles many Alabama trucking accidents; our lawyers know the importance of motor carrier companies’ directors of safety to be aware of which drivers are quick to push more hours on their drivers.  Not only does the practice of driving long stretches without sleep endanger drivers, but it is also against the law and poses harm to other drivers on the roads.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or large truck, please reach out to our experienced Birmingham accident attorneys for a free consultation regarding your claim. Our phone number is 205.324.1212. “Don’t get pushed around, push back.”

 

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