The driver who allegedly caused the crash that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (June 11) to a charge of vehicular homicide and charges of assault by auto.
According to police, 35-year-old Walmart driver Kevin Roper was sleep-deprived when he swerved to avoid traffic and crashed into Morgan’s limo on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday morning. Three other passengers riding with Morgan were injured. Walmart reps have said the company believes Roper had obeyed the federal laws, which dictate that one cannot drive for more than 11 hours in a shift, according to The Associated Press.
Roper’s bail remains at $50,000. If convicted, Roper could face a five- to 10-year sentence for the death by auto charge and up to 18 months for each assault charge, according to the AP.
Morgan, who is 45, reportedly suffered a broken femur, several broken rips and a broken nose. He underwent surgery for a broken leg, and as of Tuesday was in “critical but stable condition.”