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Reported by Krystle Crossman
Tracy Morgan is still in critical condition but is awake at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital due to a fatal car crash on Saturday that injured four and killed one of his close friends/staff members. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He is currently out on bond. Morgan’s driver, Tyrone Gale, remembers the horrific night.
Gale said that after the accident occurred, he could hear Morgan screaming for help. Gale climbed onto the top of the limo bus but could not reach Morgan or any of the other passengers in the vehicle. He tried to do what he could for those who were hurt but he struggled to reach them. Comedian James McNair was killed in the accident and pronounced dead at the scene. Morgan and Jeffrey Millea were airlifted to nearby hospitals. One other victim was brought by ambulance in critical condition, and the last injured party was treated and released.
A Twitter account under the name @kevinroper was found but it is unclear as to whether the account actually belonged to Roper or not. One source claims it in, in fact, Roper’s Twitter account, while a representative of Walmart, Roper’s employer, said that the truck driver does not any social media profiles. A tweet was sent out from the account that said, “My daddy is sorry for what happened please forgive him @RealTracyMorgan.” The person who tweeted from the account also mentioned watching sitcom “Martin” all the time (Morgan had a role on the series Martin). What was most interesting about the Twitter account was the profile description which read, “Trying to win more than lose! Driving trucks for a living it’s my road move or get hit! #Walmart.”
The accident is still under investigation but it appears that Roper dozed off behind the wheel and realized at the last second that traffic had slowed. He swerved to try and avoid a crash but ended up causing a six car pile-up. Reports claim the truck driver hadn’t slept for 24 hours, which should be a call for employers to ensure their drivers are receiving adequate rest.