The Truck Driver Who Caused Tracy Morgan's Car Crash Hadn't Slept in 24 Hours

Tracy Morgan Car Crash
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Tracy Morgan Car Accident
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Prosecutors have revealed that Kevin Roper, the truck driver accused of causing the crash that nearly cost Tracy Morgan his life, had not slept for more than 24 hours prior to the accident.

Roper, the 35 year old who drives a truck for Wal-Mart, will be in court for the first time on Wednesday. He's been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He is currently out of jail, after posting $50,000 bond.

According to police documents, Roper did not slow for traffic while driving through New Jersey early Saturday morning. He was then forced to swerve to avoid a crash and, while doing so, slammed into the back of the limo bus Morgan was traveling in. Morgan's mentor, James McNair was killed in the collision. Morgan remains in critical condition in the hospital, he was "more responsive" on Sunday, following surgery for a broken leg. In addition to the broken leg, Morgan suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs in the crash. He's expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks.

Kay released this statement about Morgan's current condition on Monday:

"Tracy remains in critical but stable condition.  His fiancée Megan [Wollover] 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 (mostly inaccurately) on his condition.   Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated.  As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg.  We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available.  This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you."

Morgan and Wollover had a daughter just under a year ago, in July 2013. Morgan also has three other children from his first marriage.

Wal-Mart President Bill Simon said in a statement that the company "will take full responsibility" if it's determined that their truck, driven by Roper, caused the crash.

[image via NBC New York]

 

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