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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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peter figgeroa    

This is the same magazine that prints that McDonald s uses human meat in its hamburger. Horse meat in McDonalds food and aliens are alive..I cant wait to see the crap it prints no way charges have been filed until monday when he goes before a judge for the first time

101 days ago
92.

Truth    

Just because you are pulling a Walmart trailer doesn't mean the driver works for Walmart, you dumb Obama voters. A trucking company is paid by Walmart to haul Walmart's stuff for them. Walmart isn't liable for a single thing here unless the driver is a Walmart employee, and he isn't.

101 days ago
93.

Caitlin    

http://www.njlaws.com/2c_11-5a.html?id=2532&a=

According to NJ law, death my auto is charged when they find that the driver was driving recklessly. This can be found if there is evidence of intoxication, speeding or even if a driver has been driving in excess of 24 hours without sleep. Since this is a truck driver, he has to keep logs with him about his driver stats, basically. Because they say its "under investigation," but obviously had enough proof to charge him and lock him up, Im going to assume they looked at his driver logs and didnt like what they saw. Truck drivers, VERY FREQUENTLY, drive over the amount of hours they are allowed according to law. It seems likely he was driving well beyond his hours and possibly fell asleep or lost attention. He probably feels so bad that he admitted this to cops, hence the charge.

101 days ago
94.

Cinner    

They have the drivers cell record and he was probably texting at the moment of the accident or the milk second prior to....pretty simple to conclude

101 days ago
95.

Perky    

Is he still unconscious ? They should apply more pressure and ice to his broken leg, maybe he might wake up and scream, it's worth a shot.

101 days ago
96.

Caitlin    

Id also like to point out that these buses, limos, party vans, whatever the case may be - NEED TO BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO WEAR SEATBELTS. Some states have this law for school buses, but the same needs to be done for these larger vehicles. Its not every day a large party/limo bus gets rear ended by an 18-wheeler, but when it DOES happen - it results in death. Seat belt laws are the solution.

101 days ago
97.

LuckeeD    

Jersey does not play! Not a good place to have any type of traffic violation.

101 days ago
98.

Kent    

Get Well Tracy so you can get back to making us laugh again soon. Stay Strong.

101 days ago
99.

LaughAtU    

I heard he was getting road head from Katt Williams. You should post that without fact checking per usual

101 days ago
100.

funkybarfly    

Justin Bieber already has a ni##er joke about this.

101 days ago
101.

Jbizzy    

Let's not forget TMZ is putting up a title that is provocative. They want people to think TM is dead at first glance. Ridiculous.

101 days ago
102.

imdaman    

Get well soon Tracy you are in are prayers

101 days ago
103.

Pleasure    

Actually the Mr. busdriver did break check becuase they passed the driver and thought it be funny to break check him. GUESS WHAT??? Truck drivers cannot stop on a dime!?!

100 days ago
104.

Mercurio Fanaka    

RIP Tracy,you will be missed.

100 days ago
105.

Mercurio Fanaka    

Rest In Peace Tracy Morgan.You will be missed.God needed another fat angel to make him laugh.

100 days ago
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