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Tracy Morgan Suing Walmart After Middlesex County, N.J. Car Crash, Begins 'Aggressive' Rehab

Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over the June 7 car accident in Middlesex County, N.J. that left him critically injured and killed a fellow comedian, James McNair, according to his publicist. 

The lawsuit claims that a Walmart truck-driver, Kevin Roper, fell asleep at the wheel and caused the accident that hospitalized Morgan for weeks at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick.

Morgan, who was hospitalized after the crash for a broken leg and broken ribs, has been released from an undisclosed rehabilitation center and will continue his recovery efforts at home with an "aggressive" outpatient program, his publicist, Lewis Kay, said. 

"He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point," he said. "He would also appreciate some privacy during this crucial point in his recovery."

Kay can confirmed that Morgan, along with the other victims of "this horrific accident," have filed suit. He referred further questions about the lawsuit to their lawyer Benedict Morelli.  

The lawsuit blames Wal-Mart, claiming the company was negligent because it did not know that their driver had been awake for over 24 hours and sent him on a 7,000-mile commute. Roper has pleaded not guilty on all charges. 

"As a result of Walmart's gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages," the lawsuit reads, according to The Washington Post

Morgan filed the suit on Thursday with the US District Court in New Jersey. 

Wal-Mart, in a statement released to media outlets on Saturday, said it was cooperating fully with the investigation.

The Cranbury, N.J. crash on Saturday killed McNair, 63, of Peekskill, N.Y., while two others - a 36-year-old man from SheltonCt. and a 43-year-old man from Jersey City - were also hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center, said Zenaida Mendez, spokeswoman for the hospital.

Morgan, 45, "is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans," Kay said.

Morgan's limo bus overturned last month on the New Jersey Turnpike in the early morning crash.

Roper was later charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into the van at 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. He has pleased not-guilty to the charges.

Walmart released a statement to the media saying the department-store chain is "profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved" and that the company will cooperate fully with law enforcement.

A preliminary investigation determined that the tractor-trailer crashed into the van, a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter, as both vehicles traveled in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. Four other vehicles were involved in the crash. None of the occupants of those vehicles was injured, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Detective Bureau at the Troop D Station in Cranbury at 609-860-9000, extension 4400.

Av July 13, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Tracy Morgan is a has been. Looking for a handout
B July 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Check out the documentary The High Cost of Low Prices........then see how wonderful a company they are. They ask employees to donate food to other employees during the holidays......something's wrong there.
Tim July 14, 2014 at 08:28 AM
If you look at the people who frequent Walmart, you get a clear, pathetic, pitiful, picture of the core of the problem. Severely undereducated, easily brainwash-able, very apparent lack of self value. Perfect target voter for the republiscams. Without these types, the right wingers might eke out 10 pr 20% of the vote every election. Its no wonder why the red states are the poorest educated in the country.
B July 14, 2014 at 08:32 AM
@MaryLynn if Walmart is such a great company, why can't THEY help their employees? I understand if there is a divorce or death etc.....but for Christmas?? Give your employees a bonus free turkey! While the Walmart CEO is being brought his dinner prepared by his staffed cook. He should maybe think of the little people who got him to where he is.
Ken Briggs July 14, 2014 at 03:00 PM
good luck , with all the court stuff maybe you can get some money in four / five years from now . but walmart is a cheap place to work for .

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