Tracy Morgan’s crash reportedly happened because the truck driver had not slept in over twenty four hours. The 30 Rock star sustained some broken bones in the fatal crash on Saturday, June 7, 2014 leaving him in critical condition. The driver has been charged, this is according to prosecutors. Person in question thirty five year old Kevin Roper for the,
U.S. superstore Wal-Mart, has been charged with one count of death by auto and four of assault by auto after allegedly rear-ending the limo bus Morgan had been travelling in.
Four other cars were also caught up in the New Jersey pile-up, which killed Morgan’s comedy writer friend James ‘Jimmy MACk’ MCNair. The 30 Rock star was left in a critical condition after suffering injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs, while his assistant Jeff Millea and fellow funnyman Ardie Fuqua were also hospitalized.
Authorities have since revealed Georgia resident Roper had been driving “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours”.
A criminal complaint obtained by People.com reveals Roper had apparently failed to slow for traffic as he drove down the New Jersey Turnpike, and had to swerve at the last-minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his truck collided into the back of Morgan’s limo bus.
Roper, who is currently free on $50,000 (£31,250) bail, is due in court to face the charges on Wednesday (11Jun14).
Meanwhile, Wal-Mart president and CEO Bill Simon has vowed to take full responsibility for the crash, calling road safety “our absolute highest priority.”
In a statement issued on Saturday (07Jun14), he added,
“This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation.”
Morgan remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery on his broken leg on Sunday (08Jun14), when his representative described his condition as being “more responsive”.
Tracy is also known for his role on ‘Saturday Night Live’.