Actor and Comedian, Tracy Morgan, Sues Walmart for Deadly NJ Crash
Javier Panzar in an article for the LA Times states that actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, has thankfully been released from care after a deadly New Jersey Turnpike crash and will continue with his recovery from his home, according to one of Morgan’s representatives.
Just before his release from a rehabilitation center, Morgan in conjunction with comedian Ardie Fuqua, Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, and Millea’s wife, Krista Millea (who was 8 months pregnant at the time), filed a lawsuit again Walmart Stores Inc. over the deadly crash that left several injured and fellow comedian, James McNair (aka Jimmy Mack), 63, dead.
The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, which claims that Walmart was negligent in allowing the driver, 35-year-old Georgia resident, Kevin Roper, to operate the tractor trailer that struck Morgan’s limo after being awake for over 24 consecutive hours.
According to the LA Times, “A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board released last month said that Roper was going 20 miles above the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike the night of June 7 when the truck struck the rear of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter limo van.”
Roper has entered a not guilty plea after being charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
Walmart has apologized for the “terrible tragedy” in a statement made last month, and is fully cooperating in the investigation.