Tracy Morgan is improving after the crash that killed his friend and left him in critical condition, but friends say he still has a long road ahead of him.
Morgan was in a limousine bus early Saturday morning when a truck driver, allegedly dozing off at the wheel, set off a chain reaction crash. Morgan’s friend, fellow comedian James McNair, was killed and several others were injured.
Though there has been no change in the official condition for Tracy Morgan — he remains critical, the same as when he was first admitted — friends say he is showing signs of improvement.
“Today was a better day,” relayed his publicist Lewis Kay in a statement released to USA Today. “While Tracy remains in critical, but stable, condition, he continues to show signs of improvement. His medical team remains optimistic that his recovery is progressing.”
Morgan’s fiancee, Megan Wollover, has remained by the comedian’s side and has shared with him some of the messages left by family members, fans, fellow comedians, and actors.
The development is certainly welcome to Morgan and his fans. Early reports indicated that the 30 Rock star may need to have his broken leg amputated, but after his condition had improved enough to undergo surgery, Morgan was able to keep his leg.
The reports that his leg had been amputated were not only false, but troubling to Megan, Kay added.
“The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition,” he said. “Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated.”
While fans closely followed developments about Tracy Morgan’s condition, police are moving forward with charges against the driver accused of causing the crash. New Jersey authorities say that 35-year-old Kevin Roper had not slept for 24 hours before the crash, and are charging him with assault by auto and death by auto. Roper has pleaded not guilty.
Morgan is not the only one on the mend. Jeffrey Millea, also hurt in the crash, is said to be improving.
“In addition, Jeff’s wife asked us to pass along that Jeff has also shown much improvement over the past few days,” Morgan’s publicist shared. “She is very thankful for the love and support she and their family continue to receive.”
While Tracy Morgan’s condition is improving, friends said he still faces a very lengthy recovery.