Update 6/20/14: NTSB says driver involved in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding
Federal investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board said in a June 19 preliminary report that the Walmart truck that hit Morgan's vehicle was traveling 65 mph - 20 mph over the limit. The report also said the electronic logs show the driver was within federal limits of driving 14 hours per day on the clock.
"The driver failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead, he observed at the last minute — just prior to impact — the limo bus carrying Morgan and his party." NJ STATE POLICE SGT. FIRST CLASS GREGORY WILLIAMS
"The facts are continuing to unfold. If it's determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility. Safety is our absolute highest priority, but that is no comfort whatsoever to the families and friends who are suffering today. We offer them our deepest condolences. We can't change what happened, but we will do what's right for the family of the victim and the survivors in the days and weeks ahead." BILL SIMON, PRESIDENT OF WALMART
Walmart Truck Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Homicide Charges
Walmart driver Kevin Roper has pleaded not guilty to the vehicular homicide and assault by auto charges filed against him in the June 7 crash that killed comedian James McNair and critically injured actor Tracy Morgan.
Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck early Saturday when he allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan's limo.
The 45-year-old Morgan suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed, and two other passengers were seriously injured.
Investigation Underway Over Allegations that Roper Had Not Slept for More Than 24 Hours Before the Deadly Crash