Did Trucker who Hit and Critically Injured Actor Tracy Morgan Go For 24 Hours Without Sleep?
A high profile accident which left a popular actor critically injured when a limousine he was in was struck by a Wal-Mart tractor trailer, has reignited concerns about drowsy truck drivers.
The driver of a truck that hit a vehicle carrying Tracy Morgan faces accusations that he had not slept for 24 hours before the crash.
Kevin Roper was due to be arraigned at 3 p.m. ET in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey, news channels reported.
The truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto in the pileup last weekend that killed comedian James McNair and injured four others in the limo bus.
Morgan is famous for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and the comedy series “30 Rock.” His condition is described as critical but stable. McNair, a 62-year-old limo passenger from Peekskill, N.Y., died at the scene of the accident and two others were seriously injured.
In the criminal complaint, police said Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the wreck. He is accused of failing to notice traffic slowing in front of him and hit Morgan’s bus despite trying to swerve out of the way, according to investigators.
Walmart said it believed Roper was operating within federal rest guidelines but the company would take full responsibility if the investigation shows its truck was to blame. Federal law stipulates that drivers work no more than 14 hours for any shift — 11 of those driving.
Fatigued truck drivers have been a menace on the roads of Virginia and elsewhere for many years. Although the government has brought in new standards to address the problem, trucking companies continue to put pressure on truck drivers to work long hours. If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident in Virginia, call our injury lawyers at 757.455.0077.