Tracy Morgan Steps Out for First Time After Walmart Settlement

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Tracy Morgan and associates settle lawsuit against Wal-Mart for an unrevealed amount in a vehicular accident last year.

Comic Tracy Morgan has “a new lease on life” — and will speak publicly for the first time since the deadly smash-up on the New Jersey Turnpike that nearly killed him.

It was nearly a year ago that comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a life-threatening crash with a Walmart truck, leaving him seriously injured and another passenger, fellow comedian Jimmy McNair, dead. While details about the terms and conditions of the settlement are still confidential, the 46-year-old former 30 Rock actor has spoken out about everything and seems satisfied with how things went down. “Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” Tracy said, in a joint statement from his attorney, Benedict Morelli, and a Walmart representative, via Entertainment Weekly. “I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.” Tracy has been on the mend ever since the June 7 crash, in which he sustained head trauma and a broken leg.

Given the nature of the crash, Morgan, Fuqua, and Millea filed a lawsuit against Walmart, and it was just recently announced that that suit has been settled with the three plaintiffs. The criminal case has not been resolved, but Roper failed in an attempt to delay the civil case, citing “intense media attention” that would negatively affect his criminal trial. “The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,” the network said. “We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. Morgan, 46, suffered several broken bones and brain injury, and the other passengers also sustained injuries when the limousine bus they were on board was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck as they were returning from a comedy gig in Delaware. Federal investigators said Kevin Roper, the truck driver, was on the road driving for 24 hours and running at about 20 miles per hour or 32 km per hour, over the speed limit before the crash. Although exactly why Roper was awake for so long is unclear, there are federal regulations that state that drivers can only work for 11 hours in a 14-hour workday.

He hasn’t appeared in public since the accident, although his team has announced that he will be appearing on “The Today Show” this coming Monday. While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the wellbeing of all of those who were impacted by the accident.

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