Tracy Morgan, whose limo van was hit by a truck early last Saturday, continues to improve, says his representative.
"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."
On Wednesday, the Wal-Mart truck driver charged in the fatal wreck, who New Jersey authorities say had not slept for 24 hours before the crash, pled not guilty to charges including death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
David Glassman, the attorney for truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, entered a plea of not guilty on his client's behalf before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper remains out on $50,000 bail.
State Police said Roper, of Jonesboro, Ga., failed to see a traffic slowdown on the New Jersey Turnpike near Cranbury Township early Saturday. His truck slammed into a limousine bus carrying Morgan, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and several others, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving another tractor-trailer, an SUV and two cars, authorities said.
All the victims were in the limo bus. Morgan's mentor McNair, 62, was killed. Morgan's friend Jeffrey Millea, 36, and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr., 43, were critically injured, while comic Harris Stanton was treated and released from a hospital Saturday. The limousine had been returning from a comedy show in Delaware.
Morgan's fiancee, Megan Wollover "remains by his side and is relaying the countless good wishes and prayers that his family, friends and fans have been sending their way," said Kay in the statement.
"In addition, Jeff's wife asked us to pass along that Jeff has also shown much improvement over the past few days. She is very thankful for the love and support she and their family continue to receive."