Tracy Morgan: On the Mend and Suing Walmart
Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing retailer giant Walmart over the deadly June crash that left the comedian in critical condition.
Morgan was released from a physical rehabilitation center last week, a month after he was critically-injured in a six-vehicle accident — which authorities say was caused by a sleepy Walmart trucker speeding down the New Jersey Turnpike. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman will now undergo an “aggressive outpatient program” at his Northern New Jersey home.
Lawyers acting on Morgan’s behalf filed a lawsuit against the retail giant last week. Tracy’s complaint alleges that that Walmart knew, or should have known, its truck driver — Kevin Roper of Georgia — had been awake for 24 hours prior to rear-ending Morgan’s limo. A preliminary report conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board also states the truck was traveling 20 miles over the speed limit.
Morgan’s mentor, comedian James McNair, was killed in the accident. In June, Roper pleaded not guilty to one count of vehicular homicide in connection with McNair’s death. The trucker is also facing three count of assault-by-auto.