Prosecutors have charged Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault in connection with the weekend crash that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend and mentor James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
Walmart President Bill Simon released a statement
Sunday promising that the company would take full responsibility for the crash “if it’s determined our truck caused the accident.”
The statement reads, in part:
This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation.
Safety is our absolute highest priority, but that is no comfort whatsoever to the families and friends who are suffering today. We offer them our deepest condolences. We can't change what happened, but we will do what's right for the family of the victim and the survivors in the days and weeks ahead.
A Walmart spokesman said Roper turned himself in to authorities Saturday night. Police say there doesn’t seem to be any indication Roper was falling asleep at the wheel before the crash, which occurred early Saturday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike.
One thing Walmart won’t confirm, however, is that Roper has a Twitter account, the profile for which said, “Move or get hit.” The New York Daily News
is reporting that Roper seemingly had an account and that an archived version of the bio section included that phrase. The latest version simply said, “Trying to win more than lose! Driving trucks for a living #Walmart.”
A Walmart spokeswoman told the Daily News
that “Mr. Roper has not had and does not have any involvement on social media.”
That may be true, at least now. A Monday morning Twitter search for “Kevin Roper” didn’t yield any accounts that mentioned being a Walmart truck driver.