Tracy Morgan: Truck driver lose bid in law suit
A New Jersey judge has barred Kevin Roper, Wal-Mart truck driver from beinginvolved in the civil case. The civil case was filed in July a month after the accident happened. Rober’s bid to delay the suit was submitted in November and U.S. District Judge Lois Goodman has ruled against it.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board and police reports, Roper was driving despite not having slept for 24 hours. He was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike when the accident happened. The crash killed James “Uncle Jimmy Mack” McNair and injured Tracy Morgan and others in his entourage. Roper was driving at 65mph when he crashed into the limo van carrying Tracy Morgan and his entourage. The speed limit at the stretch where the accident happened had been lowered from 55mph to 45mph due to a construction.
Judge Goodman’s ruling said, “Roper has not shown that he has a claim or defense that shares common questions of law and fact.” Her ruling also said “Allegations in the complaint is that the defendants routinely ignored federal regulations. This does not focus on Roper and his conduct.”
Roper’s attorney David Glassman accused Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s lawyer of making negative comments about his client last month so he could get a compensation from Wal-Mart. Morgan’s lawyers responded saying “Wal-Mart's practices place drivers and passengers on America's roadways in great dangers of suffering similar fates to the victims in this accident: serious injury or death,".
Morgan suffered from a broken nose, broken ribs, broken leg, and broken femur and he continues to work towards recovery after the crash.