PEEKSKILL, New York (PIX11) – Beloved Westchester comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was remembered Thursday after he was killed in a traffic accident over the weekend while traveling with “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Hundreds lined up to enter the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, New York, to pay respects on the same stage where McNair had performed in the past. The 63-year-old was a prominent member of the Hudson Valley community, fondly remembered by friends and family for his volunteer work.
McNair was killed and Morgan critically injured when a Wal-Mart big rig driven by Kevin Roper slammed into Morgan’s limo early Saturday. Morgan, 45, suffered broken ribs and a broken leg. He underwent surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
McNair acted as a mentor for Morgan over the years, and the two were travelling together to New York City after a show in Delaware.
Kevin Roper pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto in Middlesex County Superior Court Wednesday.