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Tracy Morgan Crash

Truck Driver Charged With Death By Auto

6/7/2014 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The guy driving the Walmart truck that crashed into Tracy Morgan's limo bus Saturday morning has been charged with death by auto ... TMZ has learned.

The Middlesex County Prosecutors Office says 35-year old Kevin Roper was charged with 1 count of death by auto and 4 counts of assault by auto.

Roper's bail has been set at $50k ... and prosecutors expect him to surrender.

As we previously reported, Morgan was riding in a limo bus on the NJ Turnpike on his way home from a gig last night ... when it was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler and overturned.

Tracy and another passenger were airlifted to a nearby hospital where they remain in critical condition. Another passenger, James McNair, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to reports ... Morgan's opening act Ardie Fuqua -- who posted a photo of Tracy roughly 30 minutes before the accident -- is also in critical condition.

Prosecutors say the cause of the 6-vehicle wreck is still under investigation.

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76.

T-WEEZY    

I pray that this doesn't get turned into a racist battle...someone was kilt and justice should be served., apparently he was under the influence because he haven't turned himself in, or was he too sleepy. Whatever the reason I'm praying for both parties until we all get the full story.

48 days ago
77.

J    

Being from nj and Middlesex county in particular, this story sounds off. First off there are cameras all over our highways and streets so an investigation should not take long at all. Tmz has not even named a charge and says it's still under invdstigation. For all you saying this is only because there is a celebrity involved is BS. NJ people are not starstruck like Los Angeles. Many people get charged in auto accidents typically if negligence is found. I'm sure we will be learning more about this story. Luckily I know Tracy Morgan has great doctors in the hospital where he is and I'm confident he will recover soon

48 days ago
78.

Peachsunkist    

Everyone is jumping to conclusions about what happened. The news reports are confused and they are only telling the bits and pieces that they are given. I feel sad about what happened to all involved, not just Tracy Morgan.

48 days ago
79.

DirkDiggler    

I heard Harvey was such a good attorney that he got a charge of sodomy reduced to following too closely

48 days ago
80.

Gehrigs04Ghost    

How does someone get charged for a crime if the investigation is not complete?

48 days ago
81.

NoDickbutting    

I'm watching "red tails" right now...they shoulda named it "pink asses"

48 days ago
82.

anonymous    

Aww, get well man.

48 days ago
83.

DirkDiggler    

I'll never forget Tracey in Jerry Maquire. That was a break-out role for him. Show me the money! Classic

48 days ago
84.

Gdianna64    

You think they stop investigating after they charge someone?

48 days ago
85.

jstarace    

That stretch of the Turnpike is so dangerous, the combo of construction and volume causes drivers to have to slow down fast!!. I always get on at 8A, just after the location of the accident. Get well soon, Tracy.

48 days ago
86.

manbearpig    

i bet no one was wearing a seat belt.

48 days ago
87.

angela    

how can u be soinsenseitive and talk like this and make joles when people r in the hospital fighting for their lives u should be praying for them not talking all this mess about race what was going on or what ever pray for the ones who r hurt and their familys thanks

48 days ago
88.

SomethingSmells    

Why is the cause of the crash "still under investigation" and prosecutors are charging the truck driver and setting a bail? I smell an issue of a ranting and raving family getting crazy with local law enforcement and demanding SOMEONE fry for this regardless of the cir***stances and the fact that the story has sudden media miles INTIMIDATES the prosecutors and they are acting like they are "taking action" in advance of any possible criticism. Cowards and Losers are those in positions of authority wiling to be bullied and emotionally intimidated into harming an innocent in the name of making a name for themselves and/or avoiding criticism by emotionally heated and grieving people. Because someone is grieving or angry at an accident does NOT mean there is actually a crime at hand. Accidents are just that. PROSECUTORS get a grip on yourselves and grow some.

48 days ago
89.

DirkDiggler    

What about the truckload of worthless, Chinese-made crap in the Walmart trailer? America depends on that junk daily.

48 days ago
90.

leslie    

Ummm.....if the tractor trailer REAR ENDED the limo it IS the truck drivers fault. You rear end anyone...unless you can prove they didn't have tail lights ....It is your fault. AND to hit them hard enough to flip the car? He was speeding. AND someone died. There is NO WAY it's not the truck drivers fault. This is easy as he**. If this goes to court , WAL MART will lose every d*mn thing.

48 days ago
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