Whenever celebrities are involved in car accidents or lawsuits, the whole world hears about it. Such is the case with comedian Tracy Morgan. The accident occurred early in the morning on June 7th. Morgan was riding in a limousine bus with a fellow comedian, James McNair, and another passenger when a Wal-Mart truck struck the vehicle from behind, doing nearly 65 MPH. Morgan was taken to the hospital in critical condition along with the other passenger, Jeff Millea. McNair did not survive the accident. Though Morgan had to deal with a broken nose, broken ribs, and a broken leg, he is now considered to be in fair condition.
The problem with this accident is that the truck driver, Kevin Roper, may have been negligent behind the wheel of his truck. He knew that there was construction site coming up; he decided to ignore the signs and continue on at the speed he was traveling, resulting in the accident. Morgan’s limo flipped onto its side when Roper struck it from behind. An investigation ensued. Truck drivers are only allowed to be on a shift for a given amount of time: 14 hours, to be exact and 11 total driving. Roper’s shift at the time of the accident had reached 13 hours and 32 minutes, while his total drive time was 9 hours and 37 minutes. Though he was under the limits for both requirements, he was close enough that it seems it may have been a contributing factor. Roper may also have been awake for much longer since he commutes from Georgia to Delaware to work. The 700 mile journey there could be a big factor why Roper wasn’t driving his best on that fateful morning.
Roper is being charged with vehicular homicide as well as assault by auto. He plead not guilty to the charges and is currently out free on a $50,000 bond. Wal-Mart is also undergoing an investigation involving the truck and how long Roper was awake– they’re fully cooperating with law enforcement to find out what happened and how accidents like this one can be prevented in the future. The charges that Roper is facing are very serious and could be life-altering. Only time will tell how this case will pan out. We’ll keep you updated.
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