TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The truck driver facing criminal charges stemming from a New Jersey highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed one of Morgan's friends is asking that a federal lawsuit be delayed.

Kevin Roper's attorney filed a motion Friday in federal court in Trenton to put Morgan's lawsuit on hold pending the outcome of Roper's criminal case in New Jersey.

Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse
Kevin Roper arrives for a June court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Attorney David Glassman contends that letting the federal case proceed would force Roper to defend two actions at once, even though he isn't named in Morgan's lawsuit.

Morgan, a former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star, was returning from a performance in Delaware in June when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of his limo van. Morgan suffered leg and rib injuries and spent several weeks in rehab.


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