Kevin Roper, a Walmart driver from Georgia, plead not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he killed one person and injured four others after his tractor-trailer rammed into the van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan.
Kevin Roper at his arraignment at the Middlesex County Courthouse Wednesday, June 11, in New Brunswick, N.J.
Authorities said Roper had not slept 24 hours before taking the wheel. A 62-year-old comedian, James McNair, died in the crash at the New Jersey turnpike. Morgan and a co-passenger were also critically injured.
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Prosecutors charged Roper, 35, with one count of vehicular homicide and several counts of assault by auto to which his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty at a New Jersey courtroom.
The judge noted that Roper had a clean driving record. He was allowed to remain free on $50,000 bail.
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