Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper - who was involved in the fatal collision with Tracy Morgan’s tour van last weekend - took to Twitter on Tuesday night to complain about the media using him as a scapegoat.
The 35-year-old trucker from Jonesboro, Georgia, had the slogan “Move or get hit” as his Twitter bio at the time of the accident. His tweets Tuesday night had a much more sympathetic tone.
“Once again the accident was horrific and we lost a precious life, but please remember I was not drunk, high, (I was tested and passed),” he wrote.
He denied having been awake for more than 24 hours and said, “Not once did I say that to any law enforcement or media person.
“These are lies being spread because they are pressured to make an arrest as this accident was being covered ‘NATIONALLY’ because a famous person was involved," he said.
Roper insists he was charged only because Morgan was involved and the media was alerted.
“If my ACCIDENT occurs with no media spotlight I am issued a few traffic tickets. The excuse of me being up 24 hours is complete BS!" he wrote.
“So yes I am now most likely f----- because I had an unfortunate ACCIDENT with the wrong car that night,” he added.
Comedian James McNair, 63, was killed in the six-car crash. Morgan, 45, was in critical but stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick Tuesday.
Roper is facing charges of vehicular homicide and assault. He is currently free on $50,000 bond.
“I thought our country said we still had right of being innocent until proven guilty? Oh wait that doesn't sell newspapers or get website hits,” Roper wrote.