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Prosecutors: 'Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash hadn't slept in over 24 hours'

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Jun 09, 2014 | 11:56am EDT

The truck driver charged in the deadly car crash which left comedian Tracy Morgan fighting for his life had not slept in more than 24 hours at the time of Saturday's (07Jun14) horrific accident, according to prosecutors. Kevin Roper, a 35-year-old driver for U.S. superstore Wal-Mart, has been charged with one count of death by auto and four of assault by auto after allegedly rear-ending the limo bus Morgan had been travelling in. Four other cars were also caught up in the New Jersey pile-up, which killed Morgan's comedy writer friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair. The 30 Rock star was left in a critical condition after suffering injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs, while his assistant Jeff Millea and fellow funnyman Ardie Fuqua were also hospitalised. Authorities have since revealed Georgia resident Roper had been driving "without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours". A criminal complaint obtained by People.com reveals Roper had apparently failed to slow for traffic as he drove down the New Jersey Turnpike, and had to swerve at the last-minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his truck collided into the back of Morgan's limo bus. Roper, who is currently free on $50,000 (£31,250) bail, is due in court to face the charges on Wednesday (11Jun14). Meanwhile, Wal-Mart president and CEO Bill Simon has vowed to take full responsibility for the crash, calling road safety "our absolute highest priority." In a statement issued on Saturday (07Jun14), he added, "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." Morgan remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery on his broken leg on Sunday (08Jun14), when his representative described his condition as being "more responsive".

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