The driver of of a truck who fell asleep at the wheel on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday morning has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and four counts of assault by motor vehicle.
Kevin Roper, a 35-year old resident of Georgia, plowed into a limo bus carrying Tracy Morgan and multiple other passengers, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed via statement.
The resulting accident has left Morgan in critical condition and killed comedian James McNair, one of Morgan's good friends and mentors.
“He’s not in good shape,” Morgan’s ex-wife Sabina Morgan told The Daily News. “I’m traumatized. I’m so upset. I can’t believe it. It’s like I’m in a nightmare."
Bail for Roper has been set at $50,000.
The mother of three of Morgan’s children said the 30 Rock actor suffered a broken leg and was lying unconscious at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick this morning.
Morgan and his party were returning from a gig in Delaware when a tractor-trailer driving northbound in the center lane cut to the left at the last second to avoid traffic.
It collided with Morgan’s limo, which was overturned and which then hit another tractor-trailer; in all, six cars were involved in the fatal mishap.
Tracy and another passenger were airlifted from the scene to the hospital.
Thoughts and prayers for Morgan have been pouring out via Twitter throughout the day.
"Sending prayers to Tracy Morgan and all involved in the accident!! We never know what can happen at anytime!" Diddy wrote, while Russell Simmons added:
"Prayers to all of those involved in the car crash this morning. Stay strong Tracy Morgan. We love you."