Almost a full year since Tracy Morgan sustained traumatic injuries from a Walmart truck crashing into his limousine, the superstore has agreed to settle. Last June, Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper fell asleep at the wheel, crashing into Tracy’s vehicle resulting in 3 injuries and the death of comedian and close friend to Morgan – James McNair. The two entertainers were coming back from a comedy show in Delaware when Roper, who had reportedly been awake for 24 hours, slammed into their limousine while driving nearly 20 miles over the speed limit. Morgan was hospitalized for several weeks, suffering from an awful head injury, a broken leg, nose, and ribs.
The Walmart driver has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault and is currently on bail. Meanwhile Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli has been working to settle the lawsuit pressed against the store giant. “Walmart and I worked diligently to reach this settlement for the plaintiffs and their families. Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.” says Morelli, adding that both sides have worked hard to reach this undisclosed agreement.
“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident.” said Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. It seems that there is no bad blood between sides, with Morgan expressing in a statement yesterday: “Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”
The 46 year old comedian will give his first interview since the accident on Monday, June 1st on NBC’s Today, live at the Rockefeller Center. He will be interviewed by Matt Lauer and will be joined by his attorney to talk about the difficult year he has been through. It is unknown just how much the injuries have affected Morgan, with many people sombrely claiming that he may never return to the man he once was. “He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better,” expressed Morelli last November. “We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. He’s fighting to get better, and if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that, but we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”
As for James McNair, his case was settled back in January. The family of the 62 year old comedian reached a settlement with Walmart over a wrongful death claim, which according to The Wrap, was a total of $10 million.
“Nothing can take the place of their father,” lawyer of the McNair family, Daryl Zaslow, told ABC News, “But to the extent that their father would have continued to work to support them, their father would be very happy with what his legacy has left them.”
The situation is tragic all around, with the only good thing to potentially come out of this being Morgan’s full recovery. As a long-time fan of the SNL and 30 Rock star, I genuinely hope that Tracy can restore his health and resume his heart-warming career, or at the very least find peace. All of our hearts at Youth Independent go out to Tracy and everyone who has been affected by this misfortune. Keep fighting.