Comedian now suing Walmart over serious car accident five weeks ago
Tracy Morgan has been released from hospital after being involved in a car accident five weeks ago.
The comedian, best known for playing Tracy Jordan in 30 Rock will continue his recovery at home with an “aggressive outpatient program,” said spokesman Lewis Kay, adding: “He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point.”
Morgan’s legs, nose and ribs were broken in the accident on June 7, while fellow comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair was killed. Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedia Ardie Fuqua Jr were also injured when the car they were travelling in collided with a Walmart truck.
Last week it was announced Morgan’s lawyers were suing Walmart for negligence, claiming the retailer should have known that its driver had been awake for more than 24 hours, and that a 700-mile commute from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was “unreasonable”. Court papers said: “As a result of Walmart’s gross, reckless, wilful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages.”
The truck driver has separately pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto charges. Prosecutors said Kevin Roper had not slept for more than 24 hours before the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, when he swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed down, ploughing into Morgan’s limo bus. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board said Mr Roper had been driving at 65mph in a 45mph zone shortly before the crash and had been on the clock for 13-and-a-half hours at the time of the crash. The maximum in the US is 11 hours.
Walmart issued a statement to say they were “cooperating fully” with the investigation.