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Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash seeks delay of case

Tracy Morgan speaks during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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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, New Jersey, to put Morgan's lawsuit on hold pending the outcome of Roper's criminal case in New Jersey.

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, killing comedian James McNair and injuring several others. Morgan suffered leg and rib injuries and spent several weeks in rehab, and his attorney has said the comedian might not ever be able to resume his career.