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Tucker Carlson: Sleeping Trucker Who Hit Tracy Morgan Not Necessarily ‘Reckless’

“I’m not defending anyone here,” Tucker Carlson made sure to say on Fox & Friends Sunday this week. But it sure did sound like that when he argued that the Walmart truck driver who allegedly fell asleep and rammed into a limo bus carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and others should not be charged with a crime.

The New Jersey Turnpike crash happened at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday and included six vehicles, leaving comic James McNair dead and Morgan in critical condition. The Fox News show had attorney David Schwartz on Sunday to share some insight on what could happen to the driver if he is found guilty of death by auto, which necessitates “recklessness.”

“If he did fall asleep at the wheel, that’s one of the ways that you could commit reckless driving in New Jersey,” Schwartz told the hosts. “And certainly the fact that a death occurred, 5 to 10 years in jail.”

“I’m not trying to take anything away from the tragedy of this,” Carlson chimed in. “But 10 years in jail for falling asleep? It strikes me as very different from taking drugs, drinking. Has that ever happened? Has anybody ever actually gone to jail for falling asleep?”

“For falling asleep and causing a death?” Schwartz replied. “Absolutely.”

“But, I mean sometimes people — and I’m not defending anyone here,” Carlson continued. “I’m really struck by the idea that someone who falls asleep, which is something that everybody does every day, not necessarily considered an act of recklessness, does it unintentionally, nods off, is a criminal.”

“Tucker, if you’re driving a 16-wheel truck, a truck for Walmart, and you’re on the roads for the state of New Jersey, and you’re drowsy and you fall asleep, it’s certainly an act of recklessness,” Schwartz said in response. “Not an intentional murder, but it’s an act of recklessness. And that’s where this reckless homicide comes in.”

“They always survive by the way, the people who cause accidents,” Carlson concluded at the end of the segment, before reiterating that this event was a terrible “tragedy.”

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