Tracy Morgan Moved To Rehab After Truck Collision
Last week, the entertainment world was shaken after news outlets reported that Tracy Morgan had been badly injured in a crash involving six cars on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The incident proved fatal for James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, who served as a comedy mentor to Morgan. The 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live veteran was rushed to intensive care, and police are now investigating allegations of sleep deprivation on the part of a Wal-Mart truck driver, Kevin Roper.
Morgan was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in critical condition. According to his agent, he suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs, a broken femur, a broken leg, and a broken nose.
On June 12, five days after the crash, the medical staff reported that the celebrity was showing signs of improvement. He is still classed as being in critical, but stable condition. Just last week, his publicist confirmed that the comedian is being moved to an undisclosed rehabilitation center to continue recovery, which is predicted to have “a long way to go.”
Sleep deprivation allegations
The driver of the Wal-Mart truck was charged with vehicular assault and homicide following the Saturday morning accident. Police reports alleged that the driver did not rest for more than 24 hours prior to his trip down the New Jersey Turnpike.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting an investigation into the accident, in an attempt to ascertain the cause. The board plans to examine driving and fuel logs to determine whether the truck driver exceeded the legal amount of consecutive work and awake hours.
Truck driver pleads not guilty
Roper has entered a plea of not guilty. He is currently free on bail of $50,000. If convicted, the driver could face up to 10 years in prison. Roper is being represented by attorney David Glassman. According to CNN, the judge warned Roper to be in contact with his lawyer before driving anywhere.
A frightening reminder
The incident serves as a tragic reminder of the enormous risks of automobile accidents. According to U.S. Census data, 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2009,m and resulted in nearly 36,000 deaths.
These unpleasant numbers show that driving is still one of the most dangerous activities people can participate in. Traffic can be exceedingly risky, no matter how well drivers perform defensive driving manoeuvres. Accidents can have extremely serious consequences and lead to long court proceedings.
Tracy Morgan fans are attentively following news about the beloved comedian. His publicist, Lewis Kay, warned people not to depend on social media or Internet rumor mills for news; fabricated information about Morgan’s health status has appeared steadily.
According to Kay, speculation led to out-of-control and false rumors about Morgan’s leg being amputated. Instead of spreading celebrity rumors, fans are encouraged to keep an eye on digital news sources for dependable information regarding Tracy Morgan’s health status.
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