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By now, you’ve probably heard about the fatal crash this weekend in New Jersey that left actor Tracy Morgan (and a couple friends) in intensive care. The photo above shows what’s left of the Mercedes-Benz Limo Bus the group was in.
Tracy Morgan [Image Source: Salon.com]
From The Huffington Post:
A tractor trailer driven by Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, slammed into a limousine van carring Morgan, known for his television roles on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” and his associates early on Saturday.
Roper failed to see traffic slowing in front of him on the turnpike near Cranbury Township, slamming the limo bus carrying Morgan and several other comics and friends after a performance in Delaware, police said.
The impact flipped the Mercedes limo on its roof and caused a chain reaction crash involving four other vehicles.
Comic James McNair, 62, of Peekskill, New York, who performed under the name “Jimmy Mack,” died at the scene, said New Jersey State Police spokesman Gregory Williams.
Morgan and three other passengers, comics Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, and Morgan’s assistant, Jeff Millea, were injured, Williams said.
Morgan suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs and has undergone surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, according to his spokesman, Lewis Kay.
It’s a sad situation all around when there’s an accident that seriously injures and kills people. While the reports I’ve read seem to point to the driver, Kevin Roper, as being the main cause of accident, I can’t help but kind of feel bad for him. He made a mistake, and caused a pretty major accident. That’s not cool. What’s also not cool, however, is the fact that, because one of the occupants of one of the vehicles happens to be a fairly popular celebrity, now Roper’s picture is all over the news across the country. Across the world, even. Had it been, say, a young family in the vehicle he hit, it would have been equally tragic, but not nearly as headline-grabbing.
That being said, according to reports, he was rather fatigued at the time at the accident.
Roper was operating a truck “on the New Jersey Turnpike without having slept in excess of 24 hours,” according to the complained filed in Middlesex County Court.
The driver was due to appear in court on Wednesday to face a charge of vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto, court documents show.
And if you ask TMZ, this is what they have to say:
The driver of the 18 wheeler who slammed into Tracy Morgan‘s limo Friday night was reportedly a road hog and proud of it, tweeting “Trying to win more than lose! Driving trucks for a living. It’s my road. Move or get hit! #Walmart.”
The New York Daily News spotted what they say is Roper’s tweet. A short time later Roper’s twitter account became private.
A friend of Roper’s told the Daily News the account was the real deal, although Walmart disputes it.
Roper showed no signs of slowing down before crashing into the limo … though he swerved at the last minute.
Reports say that Tracy Morgan likely faces a long recovery process, after undergoing surgery on his broken leg. He’s expected to be in hospital for weeks. I just hope all those who were injured make a full recovery, so they can get back to making us laugh.