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According to his representative, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is doing well and has been upgraded to “fair condition”, from the previous “critical but stable condition”, which he says is a great improvement.
Lewis Kay added, “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”
Morgan was hospitalized on June 7th after he was critically injured in a motor accident involving six cars on the New Jersey turnpike. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 63, was killed in the accident, while two other passengers – Jeffery Millea, 37, and Ardie Fuqua Jr. – were also injured.
McNair and Morgan were close friends ever since they first met at Harlem’s Uptown Comedy Club. At the time, Morgan was just starting out and McNair took him under his wing and became his mentor. He leaves behind a son, daughter and siblings.
The accident occurred when Morgan and his group of friends were returning from a show at The Rollins Center at Dover Downs in Delaware. A Walmart truck slammed into the back of their limousine.
Morgan sustained several injuries including a broken nose, a broken leg and several broken ribs.
After the accident, both Morgan and Millea, who was also critically injured and is now recovering well, were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.
Meanwhile, Kevin Roper, the driver who was behind the wheel of the Walmart big rig that caused the accident, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and assault by auto charges during an arraignment in Middlesex County Superior Court.
According to a complaint that was filed by the New Jersey State Police, Roper was awake for more than 24 hours before the accident. If he is convicted on the charges, he could go to prison for up to 15 years.
At present, Roper is out on a $50,000 bail.