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Bloomberg reports that the Walmart driver "whose truck crashed into a van carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan lost a legal bid to halt a civil lawsuit against the company while criminal charges are pending against him.

"Kevin Roper, who is charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto, may not intervene in the suit by Morgan and other passengers injured on June 7, a judge ruled Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey. The crash killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan.

"Roper sought to enter the case and halt proceedings to preserve his right to a fair criminal trial, avoid incriminating himself and ensure that state prosecutors don’t gain access to information they couldn’t otherwise get. Lawyers for Morgan and the others say the civil case may proceed without Roper."

As the story notes, "Police said Roper went at least 24 hours without sleep before the accident, driving from his home in Georgia to a Wal-Mart facility in Delaware. He then made deliveries and pickups in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, the National Transportation Safety Board has said. He drove at 65 miles an hour for the 60 seconds before the crash in an area where the speed limit was 45 due to construction, the NTSB said."
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