Grand jury indicts truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash

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Tracy Morgan Crash: Truck Driver Wants Charges Dismissed

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey grand jury on Wednesday indicted the truck driver who crashed into a limo van carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian.

The grand jury charged Kevin Roper with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated assault charges in the 2014 crash.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Actor Tracy Morgan visits 106 & Park at BET studio on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images)
This Friday, April 21, 2013 image released by South Beach Comedy Festival shows comedian Tracy Morgan performing during the 8th Annual South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami Beach, Fla. The comedy festival runs through April 21. (AP Photo/South Beach Comedy Festival 2013, Mitchell Zachs)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan visits Covino and Rich at SiriusXM Studios on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan and Meghan Wollover attend the Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Alec Baldwin, right, and Tracy Morgan joke around backstage after "30 Rock" won the award for outstanding comedy series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Billy Baldwin is at rear right. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin visit 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on January 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 included Howard Stern ('The Howard Stern Show'), actor Tracy Morgan ('30 Rock') and musical guest Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) HOWARD STERN, JIMMY KIMMEL, TRACY MORGAN
30 ROCK -- 'Governor Dunston' Episode 702 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'The Beginning of the End' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'The Tuxedo Begins' Episode 608 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan (Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 20 -- Aired 05/10/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dan Aykroyd as chief science officer, Tracy Morgan as Astronaut Jones during 'Astronaut Jones' skit (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/06/2003 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as Brian Fellows during the 'Brian Fellow's Safari Planet' skit on December 6, 2008 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Mogran (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Aired 02/08/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan as Joe Jackson, Jimmy Fallon during 'Weekend Update' (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Air Date 04/13/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan as themselves during 'A Message from Saturday Night Live' on April 13, 2002 (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/06/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cameron Diaz as Renada, Maya Rudolph as Jennifer, Tracy Morgan as Keith, during the 'MTV Spring Break' skit on April 6, 2002 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Air Date 11/17/2001 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan during the 'War Party' skit on Novmeber 17,2001 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 10 -- Aired 01/20/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Reno, Tracy Morgan, Darrell Hammond onstage (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 9 -- Aired 01/13/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan as Eric Dickerson, Will Ferrell as Dan Fouts during 'Eric Dickerson's NFL Pre-game Show' skit (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Kattan as T'Ai Shay, Tracy Morgan as Devon during 'Jenny Jones' skit on April 8, 2000 -- (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Quinn, Tracy Morgan during the 'Weekend Update' skit on November 20, 1999 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan as Walt Dupree, Will Ferrell as Tom Bergeron, Cameron Diaz as Danika Sharpe during 'The New Hollywood Squares' skit on September 26, 1998 -- (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Quinn as employee, Molly Shannon as employee, Ana Gasteyer as Janet Blaum, Tracy Morgan as employee during the 'Rant' skit on May 17, 1997 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Air Date 09/28/1996 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as William 'The Refrigerator' Perry during the 'Hey, Remember The 80's' skit on September 28, 1996 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCU Photo Bank
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Roper's attorney tried unsuccessfully to have previous charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto thrown out. His lawyer argued Tuesday that Wal-Mart's settlement of Morgan's lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident's chance for a fair trial.

Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when the crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was not in court Wednesday, and an arraignment will be scheduled at a later date, said a spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

His lawyer, David Glassman, told The Associated Press last week that he faulted the Middlesex County prosecutor's office for not stepping in and seeking a stay in the federal lawsuit.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded in August that Roper hadn't slept during the previous 28 hours before the crash, a finding Glassman has disputed.

The report concluded Roper failed to slow down immediately before the crash, despite posted warning signs on the turnpike.

The board also faulted Morgan and other passengers in the limo van for not wearing seat belts and adjusting headrests, which it said contributed to the severity of their injuries when the limo was struck from behind.

See Morgan's return to 'SNL' after the accident:

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1686 -- Pictured: (l-r) Demi Lovato, Tracy Morgan, and Kenan Thompson on October 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1608 -- Pictured: (l-r) Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Mogran (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Casey Wilson, Michaela Watkins, Abby Elliott, Jason Sudeikis, Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kristen Wiig, Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan, Andy Samberg (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/06/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Parnell as Ricky Ashton, Tracy Morgan as Brian Fellows, Reverend Al Sharpton as Ryan Fellow during the 'Brian Fellow's Safari Planet' skit on December 6, 2008 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 5 -- Aired 11/11/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan during the monologue (Photo by Dana Edeson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Tracy Morgan is seen outside NBC Studios on October 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
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