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Wal-Mart Driver Charged in Connection with Wreck That Injured Actor Tracy Morgan

"The facts are continuing to unfold. If it's determined that our truck caused the accident, a Wal-Mart spokesman said they will take full responsibility."


A truck driver has been charged in a crash that critically injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan after he turned himself in, police said Sunday. Photo Courtesy: MTV.com

(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. ) - A truck driver has been charged in a crash that critically injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan after he turned himself in, police said Sunday.

35-year-old Kevin Roper, who drives for Wal-Mart is being held on $50,000 bail, Sgt. Gregory Williams of New Jersey State Police told CNN.

The chain-reaction wreck early Saturday killed 63-year-old James McNair, who was riding in a limo bus with Morgan. McNair was a comedian who performed under the name Jimmy Mack, said his sister, Valerie Daniel.

Two others were also injured. All remained in critical condition Sunday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, the hospital said.

Roper is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into the limo bus, a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said Roper is an employee.

"This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved," Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement.

"The facts are continuing to unfold. If it's determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility."

Source: CNN/Wal-Mart/New Jersey State Police

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