Truck driver in Morgan crash was sleep-starved
A TRUCK driver charged in the New Jersey crash that killed one man and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan had not slept in more than 24 hours, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.
Morgan, best known for his roles in 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, remained in critical but stable condition, recovering from a broken leg, ribs and nose, his spokesman, Lewis Kay, said in a statement.
"His fiancee Megan is by his side. This recovery will be arduous," the statement said.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Kevin Roper, 35, was driving a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike "without having slept in excess of 24 hours", a criminal violation of New Jersey state law. He is expected to make his first court appearance today.
Roper has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of injury by auto, according to a criminal complaint filed in Middlesex County Court.
State police said Roper failed to see traffic slowing in front of him on the turnpike near Cranbury Township, slamming the limo bus carrying Morgan, 45, and several other comics and friends after a performance in Delaware.
The impact flipped the Mercedes limo on its roof and caused a chain-reaction crash involving four other vehicles.
Comic James McNair, 62, who performed under the name "Jimmy Mack", died at the scene, said New Jersey State Police.
Morgan and three other passengers, comics Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, and Morgan's assistant, Jeffrey Millea, were injured, state police said.
Roper, a Wal-Mart employee who was driving a company truck at the time of the crash, has obtained a lawyer, the company said. He was unhurt in the crash.
Operators of commercial vehicles are restricted to driving a maximum of 11 hours a day after spending a minimum of 10 hours off duty, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.