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Truck driver who struck Tracy Morgan's van pleads guilty

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/29/2016
Kevin Roper, a Wal-mart truck driver charged in the 2014 Turnpike accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend, talks to his Attorney David Glassman as he pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and other charges at the Middlesex County Courthouse Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Under terms of his plea, he can avoid prison if he performs community service and satisfies other conditions over the next three years. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool0 © The Associated Press Kevin Roper, a Wal-mart truck driver charged in the 2014 Turnpike accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend, talks to his Attorney David Glassman as he pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and other charges at the Middlesex County Courthouse Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Under terms of his plea, he can avoid prison if he performs community service and satisfies other conditions over the next three years. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool0

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The truck driver who slammed into the back of a van carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people, killing one of them, has pleaded guilty and could avoid jail.

Kevin Roper entered the plea Tuesday in New Brunswick to charges of 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.

Comedian James McNair died, and Morgan and three other passengers were injured. Morgan suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and head injuries.

The 37-year-old Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, faced counts including aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.

Under terms of his plea, he can avoid prison if he performs community service and satisfies other conditions over the next three years.

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