Forty-five-year-old former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was critically hurt when the Mercedes limo bus he rode in along with five other people was struck by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7 at around 1 a.m., KiiiTV reported.
35-year-old Kevin Roper drove the 18-wheeler that crashed into the limo, causing the death of 62-year-old comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair of Peekskill, New York and critically injuring Morgan’s assistant, 36-year-old Jeffrey Millea and 43-year-old comedian Ardie Fuqua, Jr. Comedian Harris Stanton was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital. Roper was charged with homicide and assault by a vehicle.
At present, the National Transportation Safety Board is working with the New Jersey police to determine whether commercial trucking safety guidelines in the state are lacking.
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Twenty-one-year-old Atlanta resident Aaron Wade Richardson was hit by a semi-truck after walking away from a first wreck, KTRE reported on May 1.
According to records from the Texas Department of Safety, Richardson was heading south on Highway 59 near a rest area between Atlanta and Linden when his 2006 Mercedes crossed the center line into the northbound lane, veering off the highway and into a row of nearby trees. Meanwhile, a 2006 Peterbilt semi-truck was traveling north on the same highway where Richardson’s vehicle crashed. According to the truck driver, Richardson was hit when he stepped into the roadway.
Police authorities have not been able to place the exact time that the accident occurred but were able to determine that Richardson left his residence at around 7:10 a.m. that day. Emergency medical respondents declared Richardson’s time of death at 10:11 a.m. The Department of Public Safety is currently conducting an investigation to determine whether anyone is liable for Richardson’s death.
The attorneys at Williams Hart send their deep condolences to the friends and family suffering from this terrible loss.