The truck driver accused of causing the six-car pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike that left comedian Tracy Morgan critically-injured had not slept for more than a day, according to court documents.
Kevin J. Roper, 35, of Georgia, has been charged with four counts of assault by auto and one count of death by auto following the Saturday morning crash. Roper was driving a Walmart tractor-trailer outside Cranbury “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours” before he struck the 2012 Mercedes van carrying Morgan, comic Ardie Fuqua, Morgan’s aide Jeffrey Millea and comedian Harris Stanton.
Comedian James McNair, also known as Jimmy Mack, who was a comedy writer for Tracy and one of his earliest allies on the stand-up scene, was killed. The group were traveling home to Northern New Jersey following Tracy’s Friday night gig at Dover Downs Casino in Delaware.
Tracy, 45, remains hospitalized at Robert W. Johnson Medical Center. The 30 Rock star is reportedly being treated for a broken nose, leg and femur.
Morgan’s publicist released the following statement on Monday:
“Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fiancée Megan is by his side. The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating…Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated. As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg…This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you.”