Fresno Criminal Lawyer Discusses Not Guilty Plea by Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash
Feb 24, 2016
On February 1, 2016, the man driving a Walmart truck when it struck a limo occupied by comedians James McNair and Tracy Morgan entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing in New Brunswick, NJ.
Following a December 2014 indictment, the trucker faces charges of first degree aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault. The accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in June 2014. McNair did not survive the crash, and Morgan was seriously injured. In May 2015, Morgan's attorneys announced that their client reached a settlement agreement with Walmart for an undisclosed sum.
Government Findings Released
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the circumstances surrounding the accident. In August 2015, the NTSB released its findings, contending that driver fatigue was a likely cause of the crash, although it said that a failure to wear seat belts contributed to injury severity, according to CBS New York. The federal agency did note that the trucker took a 12-hour drive to his work before commencing a 14-hour shift.
Defense Team Responds
However, the trucker's legal team disputes that assertion. In fact, they intend to seek a dismissal of the charges on the grounds that their client can no longer get a fair trial due to publicity surrounding Morgan's agreement with Walmart and the publicized NTSB findings. They will file a motion to dismiss the charges, according to a report by CNN.
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