New information has surfaced about Kevin Roper, the 35-year old truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel early Saturday morning and caused a car accident that sent Tracy Morgan to the hospital.
It also resulted in the death of comedian Jimmy Mack.
According to New Jersey State Police, Roper had not “slept for a period in excess of 24 hours” at the time of the crash.
He now faces four charges – including vehicular homicide, auto assault and reckless driving – and is expected in court on Wednesday.
Roper (a native of Jonesboro, Georgia) was behind the wheel of a Walmart truck around 1 a.m. Saturday when authorities say he caused a six-vehicle pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Morgan and another passenger in his limo bus were airlifted to a local hospital.
The former 30 Rock star suffered multiple broken bones and will remain under doctor supervision for the next few weeks.
In a statement Saturday, Walmart president and CEO Bill Simon said his company will take responsibility for the crash, referring to road safety as “our absolute highest priority.”
“This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation,” he said.