Sunday, June 08, 2014

Cops Say "Dozing Truck Driver" Caused Tracy Morgan Car Crash - Driver Disputes This Report

To be fair....

June 10, 2014 Hot Topics
Officials say that Kevin Roper, a Walmart truck driver blamed for a six-car pileup in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, had not slept for more than 24 hours leading up to the accident.
Tracy Morgan Crash: Truck Driver Breaks Silence, Refutes Sleeplessness Claims
Roper has now taken to Twitter to refute those allegations, writing that he wasn’t impaired in any way. “First off my prayers go out to all the families that were affected my prayers to the man that passed away during the accident (Mr McNair) i wish it was me and i can't express how horrible i feel.”

His tweets continued, “As for the accident i have some things to get off my chest that the media and police have neglected to report. First off i never said i was awake for 24 hours, not once did i say that to any law enforcement or media person. These are lies being spread because they are pressured to make an arrest as this accident was being covered ‘NATIONALLY’ because a famous person was involved.

“Once again the accident was horrific and we lost a precious life, but please remember i was not drunk, high, (I was tested and passed) under any influence of any drug or alcohol, i had an ‘ACCIDENT' which unfortunately occurred with a lot of media spotlight. If my ACCIDENT occurs with no media spotlight i am issued a few traffic tickets.”

Roper concluded, “The excuse of me being up 24 hours is complete BS! I was never charged at the scene of the accident because once again i was not guilty of any crime. Not until all the TV cameras came did the police all of a sudden make a determination i was up 24 hours (sounds good and sells papers) also covers their ass. So yes i am now most likely f**ked because i had an unfortunate ACCIDENT with the wrong car that night.”

Tracy Morgan (AP); the tractor-trailer (via Cneezy)
Police say that the truck driver who crashed into a limo bus carrying Tracy Morgan and friends, killing at least one person, had been "dozing" at the time. "[The] driver failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead," New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said,according to ABC. "He observed at the last minute—just prior to impact—the limo bus carrying Morgan and his party."
Morgan, fellow comics James “Uncle Jimmy Mack” McNair, Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, and manager Jeffrey Millea were all in the limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike on their way back to NYC after a comedy show in Delaware around 1 a.m. Saturday morning when the crash occurred. McNair was killed and at least two others were injured in the crash. The driver of the 18-wheeler truck, Kevin Roper, is expected to be charged in the six vehicle crash. Based on photos, Roper's vehicle appears to have been a Wal-Mart truck.

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