Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over deadly crash

Left to right: Kevin Roper and Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, along with partner Megan Wollover.

Left to right: Kevin Roper and Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, along with partner Megan Wollover.

TRENTON, N.J. — Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a deadly limo bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him critically injured.

The complaint was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

Morgan, 45, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg in the crash in the early morning hours of June 7. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed and others were injured.

The Walmart truck that rear-ended Morgan’s limo was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and its driver was almost at his drive time limit, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

According to the complaint filed by lawyers acting for Morgan and three others, the truck driven by Walmart employee Kevin Roper collided with the rear end of Morgan’s vehicle.

“The defendants’ negligence was a substantial contributing factor in causing plaintiffs’ injuries,” the complaint states.

In a statement, Walmart said the crash had been a “terrible tragedy” and that it wished full recoveries to Morgan and two others injured with him, comedian Ardley Fuqua and Morgan’s personal assistant Jeffrey Millea. The fourth plaintiff in the lawsuit is Millea’s wife, Krista.

“Our thoughts continue to go out to them, their families and friends, as well as to the families and friends of everyone involved, including Mr. McNair who lost his life,” the Walmart statement said.

“We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved. As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”

Roper, from Jonesboro, Georgia, pleaded not guilty last month to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

Morgan was a regular on “Saturday Night Live” for seven years and later received an Emmy nomination for his role in the comedy series “30 Rock.”

The New York City native made his reputation with over-the-top characters and impressions of celebrities such as Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.

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8 comments

  • Tear Drop

    Of course he is suing. As if one man cannot be happy with the money he has, now wants to sue for millions. Greedy is all I have to say!

  • Knee Grows

    Tear drop you obviously know nothing about America. I’d sue the **** out of wal-mart, they are what is wrong with America. 100% of their products come straight out of China. Shop there though you’re doing your country a lot of good.

  • Bryan Maynard

    Oh everyone wants to blame the trucker….there is NO WAY possible that he could have been driving for 24 hours straight. I’ve also heard news that he had only been driving for a few hours. Wal Mart trucks have electronic log books, and those can NOT be doctored. Was the driver in the wrong in the way he was driving….yes. Could he have been awake for 24 hours before driving…absolutely. I’m a truck driver myself and I know how important it is to get sleep and to be rested before heading out on the road with those trucks. But am so sick of EVERYONE always blaming truckers. Bet most of you don’t know that 88% of accidents that involve big rigs and 4 wheel vehicles, the driver of the car is at fault. Because people don’t either respect or even care about the size of those big trucks. For one of those trucks fully loaded to come to a complete stop from 65 mph, it takes at least a half a mile.

      • j r nance (@rnance1950)

        Maybe the Limo Driver was Backing up, nobody knows yet except the ones involved so hopefully but the Real Truth will never be known but I believe what Bryan Maynard explained & he should know more then any of us because he’s a Driver & nobody else has commented that is a driver of big trucks, so he’s got the experience especially about the electronic Log Books plus I bet if the Truck Driver was driving for another company besides Walmart this wouldn’t be that big of a deal because there are people that gripe constantly about Walmart & their China products but they still go to Walmart themselves every week & I’m personally going to Walmart because their prices are cheaper then any other stores that I know of, I don’t care where they get their merchandise, I have to take care of my family, I’m not going to another store & pay higher prices on the same product, no way….

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