Wal-Mart has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit brought by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, who was badly hurt in a collision on the New Jersey Turnpike blamed on a Wal-Mart driver.
The accident happened on June 7, 2014, on the New Jersey Turnpike in the New Brunswick area. A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others back from a show in Delaware. The crash killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured 45-year-old Morgan. He suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably,” Morgan said in a written statement.
A criminal complaint alleges that the truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident when he allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan’s limo. Roper has pleaded not guilty to assault and death by auto charges.
The terms of the proposed settlement of the civil lawsuit were not disclosed.
“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident,” said Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. calls it an “amicable settlement.”
Wal-Mart reached a settlement with McNair’s two children in January.
Roper was not a defendant in Morgan’s federal lawsuit.