The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital.
Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper was originally expected to make an initial appearance in state court Monday, but a court official said the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident is scheduled in court Wednesday.
Authorities said the 35-year-old Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday in Cranbury Township and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan’s chauffeured Mercedes limo bus, killing comedian James Jimmy Mack McNair, authorities said.
The 45-year-old Morgan remained in critical condition Monday.
Tonys ratings dip
The Tony Awards with hopping host Hugh Jackman couldn’t leapfrog last year’s show in the ratings or the NBA Finals.
According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday’s CBS telecast had an average viewership of 7.02 million viewers, a dip from last year’s 7.24 million.
Another potential competitor for eyeballs Sunday was the Miss USA pageant from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It attracted 5.5 million viewers, up 21 percent from last year.
Christie on ‘Tonight’
If you believe Chris Christie is going to put himself at the mercy of a late-night comic, we’ve got a bridge to sell you.
But it’s true. NBC said Monday that the New Jersey governor is booked to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.
This is Christie’s first foray into late-night comedy since the story about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge became a problem for the governor.
The top five movies from the weekend box office:
1. The Fault in Our Stars, $48 million
2. Maleficent, $34.3 million
3. Edge of Tomorrow, $28.8 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past, $15.2 million
5. A Million Ways to Die in the West, $7.3 million
Among celebrity birthdays today: Bassist Kim Deal is 53. Singer Maxi Priest is 53. Actress Gina Gershon is 52. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 51. Actress Kate Flannery is 50. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 49. Singer JoJo is 43. Singer Faith Evans is 41. Singer Lee Brice is 35.