Tracy Morgan Files Lawsuit Against Walmart Following Car Crash
Tracy Morgan’s lawyers filed a lawsuit against Walmart on Thursday following a traffic accident in June that left one person dead and the former ’30 Rock’ actor in critical condition. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the lawsuit is accusing Walmart of negligence which resulted in the crash.
On June 7, a Walmart tractor-trailer being driven by Kevin Roper crashed into Morgan’s limousine van carrying Morgan and other passengers. The crash resulted in a six-vehicle accident which killed comedian James McNair and left Morgan and his assistant in critical condition. Roper had allegedly been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the accident.
Other plaintiffs on the lawsuit include Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua.
In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the statement reads, “Walmart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries. As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”
Walmart released a statement in response, saying, “This has been a terrible tragedy. We wish Mr. Morgan, Mr. Fuqua Jr., and Mr. Millea full recoveries,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts continue to go out to them, their families and friends, as well as to the families and friends of everyone involved, including Mr. McNair, who lost his life. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved. As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”