Driver Charged In Accident That Killed Comedian, Injured Morgan

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, hours after performing a standup routine at a show in Delaware, authorities said.

FILE - Actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in this April 9, 2014 file photo taken in New York. Morgan is in critical condition at a hospital in New Brunswick, NJ Saturday morning June 7, 2014 following a violent multi-vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike overnight. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A Georgia truck driver is facing charges today, while comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage remain in critical condition in a New Jersey hospital, a day after a tractor-trailer rammed into Morgan's chauffeured limousine bus.

Wal-Mart says it "will take full responsibility" if authorities determine its truck caused the pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday. Police say it does not appear the truck driver was dozing, but it does appear he failed to notice he was approaching slow traffic in time to avoid ramming the chauffeur-driven limousine bus carrying Morgan and his entourage.

The driver has been charged with death by auto and other counts.

The crash took the life of Morgan's friend, comedian James McNair who performed as Jimmy Mack.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver from Georgia has been charged with death by auto in connection with a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and injured four others, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 35-year-old Kevin Roper of Jonesboro also faces four counts of assault by auto stemming from the crash, which occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday. His bail was set at $50,000.

Roper's tractor-trailer allegedly rammed into a chauffeured limousine bus that Morgan was riding in. That set off a chain-reaction crash that left one member of his entourage dead and two others seriously hurt.

Morgan and the two others remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night.

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