NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The truck driver charged in the fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance Wednesday.
Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, appeared in state Superior Court to face charges of death by auto and assault by auto. A death-by-auto conviction carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence. Each of the four assault-by-auto charges is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
Roper’s bail was kept at $50,000. He and his attorney, David Glassman, declined to speak to reporters after the brief hearing.