Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding, feds say

The Wal-Mart trucker charged in the fatal crash that left Tracy Morgan critically injured was going 20 miles above the speed limit and had been driving for 9½ hours when the crash occurred, federal officials said Thursday. 

Due to construction work, traffic had slowed on the New Jersey Turnpike the night of June 7 when the truck struck the rear of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter limo van, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

A preliminary review of the data indicated that the truck was traveling at 65 mph for the 60 seconds preceding the crash, though the posted speed limit was 45 mph.

The driver, Kevin Roper, 35, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wreck.  He entered a not guilty plea last week.
The accident killed James McNair, 63, a comedian better known by his stage name, Jimmy Mack.

Morgan's condition was upgraded to fair on Tuesday.

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