Harris Stanton, one of the passengers injured in the New Jersey traffic accident that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan, is originally from South Carolina.
Stanton grew up in Dillon, and he played baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College. He was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 52nd round of the Major League draft in 1996, but he opted for an already burgeoning comedy career.
Stanton, who lives in Brooklyn, performs his standup routine in comedy clubs and on college campuses, and he has appeared on Comedy Central, BET and in sketches on “Saturday Night Live.”
He tweeted from the road just a week ago:
Never miss a local story.
Seattle rocks !!!! pic.twitter.com/OIJvei8T4t— Harris Stanton (@HarrisStanton) June 1, 2014
“Seattle rocks” it said, along with a poster featuring Morgan.
According to reports from the accident, Stanton was transported to a hospital for minor injuries, treated and released.
The collision killed comedian James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack, and left Morgan with a broken leg, a broken nose and broken ribs, according to his publicist. Morgan’s friend Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr. also were critically injured when the comedy team’s limo was hit by a truck.
The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, 35, faces charges including death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, according to the Middlesex County (N.J.) Prosecutor’s Office said.