Kevin Roper, Driver Who Caused Tracy Morgan Accident, Had Been Awake for 24 Hours

by at . Comments

New information has surfaced about Kevin Roper, the 35-year old truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel early Saturday morning and caused a car accident that sent Tracy Morgan to the hospital.

It also resulted in the death of comedian Jimmy Mack.

According to New Jersey State Police, Roper had not “slept for a period in excess of 24 hours” at the time of the crash.

Kevin Roper Mug Shot

He now faces four charges - including vehicular homicide, auto assault and reckless driving - and is expected in court on Wednesday.

Roper (a native of Jonesboro, Georgia) was behind the wheel of a Walmart truck around 1 a.m. Saturday when authorities say he caused a six-vehicle pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Morgan and another passenger in his limo bus were airlifted to a local hospital.

The former 30 Rock star suffered multiple broken bones and will remain under doctor supervision for the next few weeks.

In a statement Saturday, Walmart president and CEO Bill Simon said his company will take responsibility for the crash, referring to road safety as “our absolute highest priority."

"This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation," he said.

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip

Wifes-sex-spreadsheet

Wife's Sex Spreadsheet Shows Female Perspective, Previews Evental Divorce

This latest sex spreadsheet to hit the web tells a dramatically different story from the one that went viral yesterday.
Girl-scout-barbie

Girl Scout Barbie: Doll Sparks Controversy Over Group's Principles, Corporate Sponsorship

Girl Scout Barbie may be coming soon to a store near you, but not everyone is happy about the message that sends.
Thief-posts-selfie-in-stolen-dress-gets-arrested

Woman Snaps Selfie in Stolen Boutique Dress, Get Arrested

A woman in Illinois stole stole some dresses from a store in Illinois, posted selfies with them online and then got arrested.
Malaysia-airlines-photo

Malaysia Airlines Tweet Goes Viral: If it Disappears, This is What it Looked Like ...

A Dutch national who Tweeted about the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed yesterday in Ukraine had no idea how eerie this would sound.