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Truck driver indicted in Tracy Morgan crash to be arraigned

Tracy Morgan

FILE – In a Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, Tracy Morgan presents the award for outstanding drama series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Morgan may soon be returning to regular television work at the FX network.FX announced that Morgan will develop and star in a comedy pilot about a career criminal trying to make it back into society after 15 years in prison. Morgan, the former “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” comic, was seriously hurt in a New Jersey highway crash in June 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan is scheduled to be arraigned in New Jersey.

Kevin Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when the crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in June 2014. The crash killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan and others.

Roper will be arraigned Monday afternoon on aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault charges in New Brunswick.

Roper’s attorney, David Glassman, argues that Wal-Mart’s settlement of Morgan’s lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident’s chance for a fair trial.

Federal investigators said Roper hadn’t slept for 28 hours before the crash. His lawyer disputes that and is arguing to have the charges thrown out.

 

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