A New Jersey grand jury has indicted the truck driver who crashed into a limo van carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian, The Associated Press reports.
A New Jersey grand jury has charged the driver, whose truck crashed into Tracy Morgan in 2014, with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated assault charges.
The investigation also revealed that he didn’t slow down before he hit the 47-year-old’s auto, even though there were plenty of signs on the highway advising him to do so. Roper will be arraigned in court at a later date, prosecutors said.
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Roper’s lawyer wants the charges dropped, as he said they spawned from the publicity of Morgan’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Wal-Mart following the crash, ABC 7 reported.
Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed and nine other people were injured in the chain reaction collision that involved 21 people in six vehicles.
Since the accident, in which Morgan suffered brain trauma and a broken nose, ribs and leg, the former “30 Rock” star has gone through significant rehab, gotten married, appeared at the Emmy Awards in September and hosted “Saturday Night Live” in October.
Aggravated manslaughter carries a 10 to 30-year prison term upon conviction, while a death-by-auto charge carries a five to 10-year prison sentence. Authorities claimed he hadn’t slept in over 24 hours before getting behind the wheel; the deadly crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike after Roper’s truck collided with a limousine transporting Morgan and his friends.
Federal investigators found that the injuries to Morgan and other passengers were exacerbated by their failure to wear seat belts.
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