Tracy Morgan's Condition Upgraded to 'Fair'
The comedian is showing "a great improvement" and his personality is "starting to come back" after the June 7 accident, Morgan's rep confirmed to THR.
After being hospitalized for critical injuries following the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash June 7, Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to a "fair condition."
"Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well," Morgan's representative Lewis Kay said in an email statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
"Also, Jeff Millea’s family shared that he has been upgraded to fair condition as well," he added, referring to the comedian's assistant, who also was badly injured when the limousine they were traveling in was involved in a six-car accident.
Suspected of causing the collision when he allegedly "failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead of him," Walmart driver Kevin Roper, 35, pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges June 11.
A criminal complaint alleges that Roper, of Jonesboro, Ga., hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident. He allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan's limo early Saturday. Walmart has not explained what Roper's driving route was. The company has said it believes he was in compliance with federal safety regulations.
A conviction on a death by auto charge carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence. Each assault by auto charge is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
Both Morgan,45, and Millea were hospitalized at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in the early hours of June 7 after a tractor-trailer truck veered into the comedian's chauffeured limousine. One man, James McNair, died of injuries, while comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton also were injured.