Tracy Morgan Still In Critical Condition, Truck Driver Charged
Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition in a hospital
after suffering injuries in a deadly multi-vehicle crash,
while a Georgia truck driver has been charged with
causing the accident, officials say.
The crash occurred early on Saturday, June 7, on a
highway in New Jersey. Morgan was riding in a limo bus
after performing a standup comedy show the night before
when a tractor-trailer, also called a semi-truck, crashed
into it, spurring a six-vehicle pileup.
On Saturday afternoon, a local prosecutor and a state
police official said in a statement obtained by E! News that
Kevin Roper, a 35-year-old truck driver from Georgia, has
been charged with charged with one count of death by auto
and four counts of assault by auto in connection with the
accident, following a preliminary investigation. He was
jailed on a $50,000 bond and has not commented.
The statement said James McNair, who was riding with
Morgan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 62-year-
old is also a comedian, known by the stage name Jimmy
Authorities added that Morgan and another passenger, a
36-year-old Connecticut man, were airlifted to the hospital
and that the two and another 43-year-old New Jersey man
remain in critical condition. A fourth passenger was
treated and released. Authorities have not disclosed the
names of the other crash survivors. No other injuries were
A rep for Morgan, who is a 45-year-old father of four, told
E! News that the actor’s family arrived at the hospital to
be by his side. At least 15 celebrities, including actors who
have worked with Morgan and fellow comics, have shared
online messages of support, prayers and love.