Keven Roper, a thirty-five year old truck driver from Jonesboro, Georgia, faces four counts of assault by auto for his role in the accident that has hospitalized actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, according to prosecutors in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
The accident, which occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 7th, on the New Jersey Turnpike, involved six vehicles, and resulted in the death of at least one person. Morgan, the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and star of the television show “30 Rock” was a passenger in a Mercedes limo bus and was returning home from a standup show in Delaware when the accident occurred. On Saturday night Morgan was in the intensive care unit of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Initial reports indicate that the accident occurred after a tractor-trailer driver failed to slow in time for stalled traffic and hit the back of the limo in which Morgan was a passenger. This caused a chain-reaction crash involving a second tractor-trailer, an SUV, and two cars. The National Transportation Safety Board is working with the New Jersey state police to investigate the cause of the accident.
Walmart has released a statement confirming that one of its trucks was involved in the accident. It is unclear at this time if Roper was driving the Walmart truck.