Driver who struck comedian’s van pleads guilty
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.