Driver who struck co­me­dian’s van pleads guilty

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The truck driver who slammed into the back of a van car­ry­ing ac­tor- co­me­dian Tracy Mor­gan and sev­eral other peo­ple, killing one of them, pleaded guilty Tues­day and could avoid jail time.

Kevin Roper en­tered the plea in state Su­pe­rior Court to ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide and four counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault.

Roper was driv­ing a Wal-Mart truck in June 2014 when he crashed into Mor­gan’s van on the New Jer­sey Turn­pike.

He had also faced an ag­gra­vated man­slaugh­ter count, which is pun­ish­able by a 10-to-30-year prison term. Un­der terms of the plea, Roper can avoid prison and won’t have a crim­i­nal record if he per­forms com­mu­nity ser­vice and sat­is­fies other con­di­tions over the next three years.

Mor­gan suf­fered a bro­ken leg, bro­ken ribs and head in­juries.

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