Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

Kevin Roper leaves a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured. (Photo: Mel Evans, AP)
Kevin Roper leaves a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured.
(Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

With the rapid click of a crowd of cameras focused on him, a Georgia truck driver, accused of causing a New Jersey Turnpike accident that killed one man and left four others injured, including actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, said little during his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

David Glassman, the attorney for Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver, entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and assault by auto against four individuals, according to Assistant Prosecutor Sheree Pitchford.

Roper remains out on $50,000 bail, with no 10% down payment. Pitchford asked that the bail be continued but also asked that the court have Roper’s correct contact information.

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Ferencz told Roper to make sure his lawyer knows exactly where he is.

“Yes sir,” Roper said.

Ferencz also told Roper he needs to keep in contact with his attorney if he travels.

“Yes sir,” Roper said during the four-minute court proceeding in which media from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as someone reportedly from Peoplemagazine, packed the courtroom.

After the arraignment, Roper and Glassman quickly left the courtroom and courthouse without comment.

Roper, 35 of Jonesboro, Ga., was charged in connection with Saturday’s early morning six-vehicle crash in Cranbury Township after the tractor-trailer he was driving allegedly crashed into Morgan’s chauffeured limo van.

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Source: USA Today | Suzanne Russell, (East Brunswick, N.J.) Home News Tribune

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