The New Jersey Turnpike wreck that killed one and seriously hurt comedian Tracy Morgan has ties to Shelton.
Morgan's assistant and Shelton native, 36-year-old Jeff Millea, was in that crash.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News Millea just moved into the neighborhood a few years ago, but he's no stranger to Shelton. In fact, he grew up in the city and his family still lives there.
Millea graduated from Shelton High School in 1995. He was the captain of his football team and played baseball for two years.
"Knowing Jeff when he came here, he's a very friendly person," said Charles Tureck, of Shelton. "They wave. They invite me over for a few cookouts, just to get the neighborhood together."
Neighbors confirm Millea's wife is expecting their first child. Tureck said he saw Millea leave Friday.
"I waved to him, he said goodbye and next day I said 'wow,'" Tureck said. "I saw him just a day before that all happened."
Millea is in serious condition after a six-car pile up on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday that killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.
Millea was with Morgan, who suffered several broken bones, as well as others in the vehicle. They were coming back from a performance in Delaware.
Police say the Walmart semi driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, plowed into the back of the Mercedes limo bus. Police said Roper didn't sleep for more than a day.
Roper is out on bail and will be in court Wednesday. He's on leave from Walmart.
Those in Shelton wish the best for Millea.
"He's got everything going for him and how quickly things happen, you just don't know so we are just wishing the very best for him," Tureck said.
Eyewitness News tried to talk to some of his family members, but neighbors tell us they are all at the hospital.
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