UPDATEDx2: Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After Six-Car Pileup
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.07.2014
A driver has been charged...
UPDATE 2: TMZ reports that the man driving the Walmart truck that crashed into Tracy Morgan's limo bus has been charged with death by auto. The Middlesex County Prosecutors Office said that Kevin Roper, 35, was charged with one count of death by auto and 4 counts of assault by auto. Roper's bail was set at $50,000 and prosecutors expect that he will surrender. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
TMZ also reports that Walmart has announced it will pay expenses for the victims of the crash if their driver is found at fault.
President/CEO Bill Simon said: "This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We can't change what happened, but we will do what's right for the family of the victim and the survivors in the days and weeks ahead."
UPDATE: TMZ reports that comedian Ardie Fuqua was among those injured in the car crash that landed Tracy Morgan in the hospital. Fuqua, like Morgan, is in critical condition.
Fuqua posted these photos to Instagram just thirty minutes before the accident. He wrote on Facebook: "We traveled back to NYC in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter. Road life is a good life!"
Billboard reports that actor Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike earlier today (June 7). The accident happened hours after Morgan performed a stand-up routine at a show in Delaware.
Morgan was in a limousine bus with six other people. The bus overturned near Cranbury Township at about 1AM, according to Sgt. 1st Class Greg Williams. James McNair, a passenger in the limo bus, died in the crash. Three others, along with Morgan, were in critical condition, and one other victim was in fair condition. Two occupants weren't injured.
Details of the accident were not released, including what was the cause of the pileup involving two tractor-trailers, an SUV, two cars and Morgan's limo bus. Morgan is now in intensive care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick.
Morgan's next scheduled performance at the Fillmore Charlotte in North Carolina on Saturday night has been canceled.