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Report: Driver in Tracy Morgan crash hadn’t slept

 
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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.

The 45-year-old Morgan, 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.

Arrested

Police say they arrested a burglar at the Los Angeles home of Sandra Bullock while the actress was there with her 4-year-old son Louis, but she wasn’t harmed.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas says officers responded to the call of a prowler around 6:30 a.m. Sunday and arrested 39-year-old Joshua Corbett on suspicion of residential burglary. People.com reports that law enforcement sources told Today that Corbett may have kept a diary devoted to Bullock.

Casper speaks

Casper Smart is speaking up. And he’s saying “No way.”

Jennifer Lopez’s ex says allegations that he hooked up with transgender model Xristina Marie are false, Us Weekly reports.

“There is no truth to any meeting or physical encounter,” he told Us Weekly about the story in The Sun in which Marie said the two were intimate. “I am weighing my options on the appropriate action to take against Xristina Marie and/or The Sun.”

Marie is the second transgender model who claims to have been in contact with the dancer. Smart was rumored to have exchanged racy pictures and messages with a different model, Sofie Vissa, though a source told Us Weekly those stories were also false.

Tony numbers

The Tony Awards with hopping host Hugh Jackman couldn’t leapfrog last year’s show in the ratings.

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. It was still the second-largest audience in the past five years.

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