Kevin Roper, a 35-year-old Georgia resident who was driving the Walmart truck that struck comedian Tracy Morgan's limousine early Saturday morning, was charged Saturday with death by auto and assault by auto in connection with the crash, acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.
Roper was expected to surrender to authorities, and he will be held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
ABC News reported that Roper was dozing behind the wheel, but police would not corroborate the report.
Morgan was traveling back from a comedy performance at a casino in Dover, Del., when his SUV was struck from behind by a tractor trailer, causing a chain-reaction crash that involved five vehicles. A fourth victim of the crash was released from the hospital earlier Saturday, Carey said in the statement.
"This is a tragedy, and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation," Simon said in a statement.
The New York Post's Page Six cited an anonymous source that Morgan was "smiling" even as he wore a neck brace upon being airlifted from the scene of the accident.
But there was no further word of Morgan's condition Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Morgan's representative issued a statement saying his family was with him. "Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital," the comedian's spokesman, Lewis Kay, said in a statement. "He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware. His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don't anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available."
Over two decades in entertainment, Morgan has made a comic art form of cheerful—and occasionally petulant—incompetence.