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Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash: Lay Off, It Was an “Accident”

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!

— Kevin Roper (@Kevinmoneytalks) June 10, 2014

Kevin Roper, the Walmart trucker who reportedly slammed into a limo bus carrying several comedians early Saturday morning, is having his say on Twitter. He wants the world to know that the crash that killed James “Uncle Jimmy Mack” McNair and critically injured Tracy Morgan and three others was an "accident."

Roper asserts that he was not drunk or high and that he wasn't charged at the scene because he wasn't guilty of any crime. He referred repeatedly to his "ACCIDENT," underlining the reason why Streetsblog and an increasing number of other publications refer to such events as "crashes" or "collisions."

Note: The Twitter account under the handle @Kevinmoneytalks describes its user as "Trying to win more than lose! Driving trucks for a living #Walmart," but we don't have any independent verification that these tweets were indeed authored by the same person who was driving the truck that hit the comedians' limo. According to news reports, the Twitter account previously included the phrase, "Move or get hit!” in the description, but that's been removed.

The sad thing is, Roper is right about one thing: Without the media spotlight brought on by the involvement of celebrities, he probably would have gotten "a few traffic tickets." As he said, he wasn't immediately charged with anything. That's how the justice system views these crashes: unavoidable acts of god, the unfortunate collateral damage of the "freedom" afforded by car culture.

No matter whether Roper was drunk, high, or tired, he failed to notice that traffic had slowed down and slammed his tractor-trailer into another vehicle, and that act caused loss of life. Operating any vehicle -- especially one as massive as a tractor-trailer -- requires serious attention and concentration.

Although in one tweet he says, "i wish it was me and i can't express how horrible i feel," all his subsequent tweets are defensive and exculpatory. After all, killing someone in traffic is just an "accident."

As for the accident i have some things to get off my chest that the media and police have neglected to report. First off i never said i was

— Kevin Roper (@Kevinmoneytalks) June 10, 2014

awake for 24 hours, not once did i say that to any law enforcement or media person. These are lies being spread because they are pressured

— Kevin Roper (@Kevinmoneytalks) June 10, 2014

to make an arrest as this accident was being covered "NATIONALLY" because a famous person was involved.

— Kevin Roper (@Kevinmoneytalks) June 10, 2014

So yes i am now most likely fu*ked because i had an unfortunate ACCIDENT with the wrong car that night.

— Kevin Roper (@Kevinmoneytalks) June 10, 2014

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