Former '30 Rock' star was critically injured when his limousine was hit by one of retailer's trucks
Retail giant Walmart claims Tracy Morgan wasn’t wearing a seatbelt during his limousine’s fatal collision with one of its trucks.
The former 30 Rock star was critically injured and one of the limo passengers died in the six-vehicle crash in New Jersey on June 7.
The BBC reports that Walmart contends Morgan’s injuries and the death of his passenger were partly their own fault. Papers filed in a US court claim Morgan, known for his comedy work on Saturday Night Live, was not wearing a seatbelt.
As reported, Morgan’s legal team are 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”. The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, has denied death by driving while authorities have found he was speeding.
In response to Walmart’s claims, Morgan’s legal team called the allegations “surprising and appalling”. Lawyer Benedict Morelli said: “It’s not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility. I’m very upset, not for myself but for the families I represent.”
Last month Morgan’s lawyer said during a television interview on the Today Show that Morgan was “still struggling” on his road to recovery following the car accident in June. The actor was hospitalised with a broken nose, legs and ribs while fellow passenger and comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair was killed.
Morgan provides one of the voices in animated family adventure The Boxtrolls in cinemas now. He will be seen next alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in David O. Russell comedy Nailed.