Tracy Morgan and other truck crash victims reach settlement with Wal-Mart
Comedian Tracy Morgan and other people injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart Stores Inc truck last year have reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum with the world’s largest retailer, court documents filed on Wednesday showed.
Morgan, who starred in the TV show 30 Rock and the late night comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, was badly injured and comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair was killed in the June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Terms and conditions of the settlement with Morgan, comedian Ardley Fuqua Jr., Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea and Millea’s wife, Krista, were undisclosed. The parties had a strong joint interest in keeping the information confidential, the documents showed.
“I have nothing else to add besides what has been released already,” Morgan’s representative said in an email.
His lawyer and Wal-Mart’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
McNair’s two children, Danita and Jamel, settled their lawsuit against Wal-Mart in January for $10 million, which will be split between them.
Morgan suffered a serious brain injury and several broken bones, and the other passengers were also injured when the limousine bus they were traveling in was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck when they were returning from a comedy performance in Delaware.
They claimed Wal-Mart should have known that the truck driver, Kevin Roper, had been awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and should not have been on the road.
Federal investigators said Roper was driving about 20 miles per hour (32 km per hour) over the speed limit just before the crash.
Wal-Mart said the injuries were caused wholly, or in part, because the survivors of the crash had failed to wear seat belts.
Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault-by-auto.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Additional reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Mary Milliken)