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Reported by Krystle Crossman
Kevin Roper has been charged with allegedly falling asleep and causing the crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan as well as three others and killed one man. He had allegedly awake for over 24 hours and dozed off behind the wheel of a 16-wheel tractor trailer that he was driving through New Jersey. He realized too late that the traffic in front of him had slowed down and tried to swerve but ended up hitting Morgan’s limo bus and tipping it over. Several other cars were involved in the crash as well.
As investigators have probed into the crash, they are finding no evidence to support that Roper actually dozed off but he is at fault of the crash. He is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He could be facing serious jail time due to the fact that there was a death in the accident. Morgan remains in the hospital at this time but is doing better.
An attorney in the case stated that Roper could be looking at 5 to 10 years in jail for causing the death of another person by driving recklessly. Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson jumped in to defend the driver. He stated that sleeping is not normally a reckless activity, so why should it be considered reckless in this case? Carlson does not feel that Roper should go to prison if that is what he is being convicted of.
The attorney seemed to be in disbelief by Carlson’s statement. He interjected that while falling asleep in itself is not inherently reckless, doing it while driving a 16-wheel tractor trailer certainly is. If he was that tired he should not have been driving. He may not have intentionally caused harm or death but the accident still occurred. People were still hurt, one man lost his life no matter what happened behind the wheel. Carlson defended his position stating that falling asleep is much less reckless than taking drugs or drinking while driving.