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.