Kevin Roper

Kevin Roper

*The Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering a crash in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian had not slept for more than 24 hours, a criminal complaint said.

A court official on Monday said 35-year-old Kevin Roper is scheduled to face an initial court appearance on Wednesday. He remains free after posting $50,000 bond.

Roper has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.

Authorities said the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident 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.

James McNair and Tracy Morgan

James McNair (L) and Tracy Morgan

The 45-year-old actor and comedian, a former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member, remained in critical condition early Monday. Morgan’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, said he was “more responsive” Sunday after having surgery for a broken leg.

Kay said Morgan also suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs and is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks. He said Morgan’s family is “tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans.”

Tyrone Gale, who was driving the limo bus, told ABC News that he was disoriented after the vehicle flipped over and could hear Morgan yelling for help.

“I climbed around and heard Tracy screaming for help,” Gale said. “I climbed up on the body of the limo bus … but I couldn’t reach them.”

Wal-Mart President Bill Simon said in a statement that the company “will take full responsibility” if authorities determine its truck caused the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is working with state police to look at any issues in the crash related to commercial trucking and limousine safety.

Morgan, a New York City native, was returning from a standup performance at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware when the crash occurred. In all, six vehicles were involved in the pileup, but no one from the other cars was injured.

Actor Kevin Hart attends the Press Junket Photo Call of Sony Pictures' "Think Like A Man Too" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 7, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Actor Kevin Hart attends the Press Junket Photo Call of Sony Pictures’ “Think Like A Man Too” at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 7, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

At a press event Saturday in Los Angeles to promote the upcoming comedy film “Think Like A Man Too,” cast members, many of whom have worked with and are friends with Morgan, wished him well.

Kevin Hart said he owes much of his success to Morgan, crediting him for paving the way for comics like himself to become successful.

“We just want him to get better and to get back to everyone that loves him and get back to doing what he does best, making people laugh,” Hart said.

McNair, 62, of Peekskill, New York, was a close friend and mentor to Morgan, Morgan’s ex-wife, Sabina Morgan, told the New York Daily News. “He was one of the first comedians that took Tracy under his wing,” she said.

Royale Watkins, a Los Angeles-based comedian who said he had performed in New York clubs with Morgan and McNair, described McNair as having a big personality.

“There may be guys like Tracy who get the fame and notoriety, but you have people like Jimmy Mack who have kind of energized and fueled cats like Tracy and kept them going on the road,” Watkins said.

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Meanwhile, The New York Daily News spotted what they say was the following message in his Twitter bio: “Trying to win more than lose! Driving trucks for a living. It’s my road. Move or get hit! #Walmart.”

The Daily News said someone tweeted from the account Saturday: “My daddy is sorry for what happened please forgive him @RealTracyMorgan. We watch martin all the time with hustleman is our favorite,” referring to Morgan’s “Hustle Man” role on the 1990s sitcom “Martin.”

Roper couldn’t immediately be reached to confirm the Twitter link.

A friend of Roper told the Daily News the Twitter account belongs to the man charged in the accident. “I’ve know the guy for, like, three years,” said Jeremy Crawford, who operates the @JLBCashOut account. “I met him once. He seemed like a working guy.”

But, a Walmart spokeswoman said Roper doesn’t have a Twitter account. “Mr. Roper has not had and does not have any involvement on social media,” said Brooke Buchanan.