- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Wal-Mart trucker charged in the crash that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend reportedly took to Twitter on Tuesday night to blame the national media for supposedly turning up the heat and forcing police to make an arrest.

“I have some things to get off my chest that the media and police have neglected to report,” said Kevin Roper, 35, under the Twitter handle @Kevinmoneytalks, The Huffington Post reported.

Mr. Roper was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto after the Saturday morning crash in New Jersey that killed comedian James McNair and badly injured Morgan, who is still hospitalized.

Police said Monday that Mr. Roper hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident.

“First off i never said I was awake for 24 hours, not once did I say that to any law enforcement or media person,” Mr. Roper tweeted.

“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 continued. “I had an ‘ACCIDENT’ which unfortunately occurred with a lot of media spotlight. 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!

“I was never charged at the scene of the accident because once again i was not guilty of any crime. Not until all the TV cameras came,” Mr. Roper said. “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.”