WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Suffering from broken ribs and a broken leg, Comedian Tracy Morgan’s condition has been upgraded to fair. Morgan suffered the injuries in a crash early in the morning on Saturday June 7. In that crash fellow comedian Jimmy Mack (James McNair), a good friend and mentor to Morgan, was killed. comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, who along with Jeffrey Millea, Morgan’s assistant were also injured.
Millea’s condition has been upgraded to fair, while comedian Ardie Fuqua remains in critical condition.
Middlesex County Prosecutors’ Office said that Kevin Roper, a tractor-trailer driver for Walmart, is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Roper has pleaded not guilty. The criminal complaint filed states that Roper had been awake for a period of nearly, if not more, than 24 hours at the time of the accident.
Federal regulations allow truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel. Regulations demand thaty have at least ten hours between shifts in order to sleep.
Walmart believes Roper was in compliance with federal safety regulations, however his route/schedule has yet to be made public.
“Safety is the absolute highest priority for Walmart,” the retailer said in an emailed statement.
Roper’s truck was equipped with a system designed to slow its speed and notify him of stopped traffic ahead, a company spokeswoman said. It’s unknown if the system was working.
Morgan’s Spokesman Lewis Kay has said that Morgan’s “…personality is certainly starting to come back as well…”