Following the accident that saw the injury of comedian Tracy Morgan, police investigation led to the conclusion that the driver at fault was awake for over 24 hours before the crash took place. This raises questions about long-haul companies potentially forcing employees to take such risks.
Prosecutors charge Kevin Roger, 35, the truck driver, with one death by auto count and other assault by auto counts for the accident that cause the death of comedian James McNair and the critical injury of others, including Tracy Morgan.
Roger is employed by Walmart. According to Brooke Buchanan, a Walmart spokeswoman, the company believes that the accused:
“was operating within the federal hours of service regulations.”
This limits work to a shift of 14 hours and only 11 hours being behind the wheel. As the company cooperates with the investigations, many wonder if Walmart was actually aware of drivers on 24 hours shifts and whether or not it just turns a blind eye to such practices.
The situation does not look good for Mr. Roper. According to New Jersey Law, any driver can be convicted if it is proven that he did not sleep for over 24 hours when an accident took place and the charge in this situation would be vehicular homicide.
As investigations continue, the good news is that Tracy Morgan seems to recover, although this will be a lengthy process. Reports surfaced that he would need to have a leg amputated but this was dismissed by close friends and family members.
According to Lewis Kay, Morgan’s publicist:
“This recovery will be arduous.”