“30 Rock” actor and comedian Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition following a massive accident in New Jersey on Saturday (June 7), but the man charged with causing the accident has already posted bail.
The man, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, is said to have posted $50,000 bail, according Sgt. Gregory Williams of New Jersey State Police (by way of CNN). Roper’s alleged dozing off caused the accident that resulted in a chain reaction including the limo bus Morgan and others were riding in, injuring several and causing the death of comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
McNair, 63, was riding in the limo bus with Morgan when the accident occurred. Fellow comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were also injured, as was Jeffrey Millea. So far one person has since been released from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, but neither the police nor the hospital would disclose the person’s name at the time of publication.
Roper was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. The truck he was driving was owned by Wal-Mart, and the company has already said it would take “full responsibility” if it shows the truck was the cause of the accident.
As for the scene? An report on People.com called the incident “really bad” and a “horrific sight.”
“My husband saw the Wal-Mart truck swerving, and he slammed on the brakes,” an eyewitness only identified as Vicktoria told People.com. “The truck hit the Mercedes, and then it hit the guardrail and another white SUV. It was like a movie in slow motion. The Mercedes spun out of control and then flipped over and came to rest on the driver’s side.”
“My son jumped out and was the first on the scene; my husband and I were right behind him,” she continued. “The woman in the white SUV was fine, and so was the driver of the Wal-Mart truck. But it was obvious that the people in the Mercedes were really hurt.”
Vicktoria also added: “You could see blood everywhere. You could tell it was really bad.”