Comedian Tracy Morgan is currently in critical condition following an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, June 7. The 45-year-old had been traveling from a gig at Dovers Downs Casino in Delaware when a Wal-Mart truck struck the the 2012 Mercendes-Benz Sprinter van he was a passenger in.
The comedian and actor, who starred on NBC’s “30 Rock,” was traveling with his assistant Jeffrey Millea, 36, and comedians Ardie Fuqua, 43, and James McNair, 62. Morgan, Millea and Fuqua remain in critical condition at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; McNair was killed in the crash.
The International Business Times spoke with “Enlisted” creator and former “Tracy Morgan Show” writers' assistant Kevin Biegel, who expressed his sympathy for the accident.
“I literally just saw on CNN this morning,” Biegel told IBTimes at the ATX Television Festival on Saturday afternoon. “One of the writers from ‘Enlisted’ is writing on the new show. I don’t have any real connection to him. I just know that it’s horrific and I hope that he’s okay.”
“It’s awful,” Biegel continued. “My heart goes out to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with those guys.”
Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. The company’s CEO, Bill Simon, told reporters that Wal-Mart will take full responsibility if it’s determined that their truck caused the fatal accident.”
Tracy Morgan’s publicist Lewis Kay released in a statement that the comedian is now with family and “receiving excellent care.”