Tracy Morgan Crash: Truck Driver Breaks Silence, Refutes Sleeplessness Claims
Officials say that Kevin Roper, a Walmart truck driver blamed for a six-car pileup in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, had not slept for more than 24 hours leading up to the accident.
Roper has now taken to Twitter to refute those allegations, writing that he wasn't impaired in any way. “First off my prayers go out to all the families that were affected my prayers to the man that passed away during the accident (Mr McNair) i wish it was me and i can't express how horrible i feel.”
His tweets continued, “As for the accident i have some things to get off my chest that the media and police have neglected to report. First off i never said i was awake for 24 hours, not once did i say that to any law enforcement or media person. These are lies being spread because they are pressured to make an arrest as this accident was being covered 'NATIONALLY' because a famous person was involved.
“Once again the accident was horrific and we lost a precious life, but please remember i was not drunk, high, (I was tested and passed) under any influence of any drug or alcohol, i had an 'ACCIDENT' which unfortunately occurred with a lot of media spotlight. If my ACCIDENT occurs with no media spotlight i am issued a few traffic tickets.”
Roper concluded, “The excuse of me being up 24 hours is complete BS! I was never charged at the scene of the accident because once again i was not guilty of any crime. Not until all the TV cameras came did the police all of a sudden make a determination i was up 24 hours (sounds good and sells papers) also covers their ass. So yes i am now most likely f**ked because i had an unfortunate ACCIDENT with the wrong car that night.”
Roper's tractor-trailer slammed into a Mercedes limo carrying comedians Morgan, James McNair, Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton and three others. The limo overturned and crashed into several other vehicles.
Morgan's rep said on Monday the comedian was improving. "Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fiancée Megan is by his side. The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating... Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated. As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg... This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you."