Kevin Roper: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kevin Roper, 35, is the Walmart truck driver facing criminal charges after the truck he was driving crashed into a limousine carrying actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. The crash killed one person in the limo, comedian James McNair, and the criminal complaint against Roper alleges he hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours when the accident occurred.

Roper has defended himself on Twitter, claiming he never would have faced such severe penalties if this accident hadn’t involved a famous person. He’s also saying the media reports surrounding the accident are false.

Here’s what you need to know about Roper:

1. He Says He Wouldn’t Be in Trouble if no Famous People Were Involved

Roper tweeted that he wasn’t charged at the accident site because he “was not guilty of any crime.”

He claims that all changed when camera crews showed up to the accident site.

You can listen to the 911 call and see footage from the accident site in the video below.

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2. He’s Charged With Vehicular Homicide

In spite of Roper’s assertions that he’s guilty of no crime, a criminal complaint was filed against him. He’s been charged with driving recklessly, assault by auto and committing vehicular homicide. The report also says Roper broke New Jersey law by driving a commercial vehicle without having slept in over 24 hours.

You can read the complaint above.

3. Roper Insists He Had Slept in the 24 Hours Before the Accident

Though the criminal report says otherwise, Roper says he had slept in the 24 hours leading up to the accident, and that detail was fabricated by the media pursuing the story.

4. Roper Stressed He Was Driving Sober

Roper tweeted that the accident was not caused by his being under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. His tweets say he was tested on the scene. There is no alcohol or drug test mentioned in the criminal report.

5. He’s Sorry the Accident Caused a Death

Roper tweeted how sorry he was that the accident caused the death of comedian James McNair, one of the passengers in Tracy Morgan’s limo. According to CBS 2 New York, the accident critically injured Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua. Another passenger in the limo, comedian Harris Stanton, suffered a broken wrist.

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