Tracy Morgan Suing Walmart Over NJ Turnpike Accident
Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart for the crash that left him seriously injured and killed his friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
Tracy Morgan Suing Walmart
Morgan’s suit claims that Walmart bears responsibility for their driver Kevin Roper, who was operating one of their tractor-trailers when he crashed into the limo bus that was carrying Morgan and his associates, reported the New York Post. Walmart, according to the suit, should have known that Roper had been “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours.”
The suit states, “Walmart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries. As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”
“Walmart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries,” the suit continues.
On June 7, Roper crashed into the limo bus carrying Morgan, ultimately causing a six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike near Cranbury Township. Morgan suffered a broken femur, broken nose and several broken ribs in the accident. Morgan’s assistant Jeff Milea, comedian Ardie Fuqua and Harris Staton were all hospitalized following the crash as well. McNair was the only fatality.
Roper had been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and four counts of assault by auto for causing the accident. He turned himself in upon learning he’d been charged and pleaded not guilty at a June 11 court appearance. On Twitter, Roper has stated his belief that had he not struck a celebrity, he would not have faced criminal charges for the accident. He’s also refuted the suggestion that he’d not slept in more that 24 hours prior to operating the vehicle.
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