Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over the deadly crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him critically injured last month.
According to reports, the complaint on Thursday at the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. “The defendants’ negligence was a substantial contributing factor in causing plaintiffs’ injuries,” the complaint reads. The suit, which was posted by The Hollywood Reporter, also claims that Walmart was “careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries.”
Morgan was a passenger in a limo van when Walmart driver, Kevin Roper slammed into it causing it to overturn. The crash killed comedian James McNair aka Jimmy Mack and injured Morgan, comedian Ardley Fuqua and Morgan’s personal assistant Jeffrey Millea.
“As a direct and proximate result of the physical injuries sustained by Mr. Morgan in the collision, he has been incapacitated from pursuing his usual employment and other activities, may be left with disabilities that will in the future similarly incapacitate him and cause him pain and suffering, and may require medical treatment,” the lawsuit states.
In a statement released by Walmart, the retail giant said that the crash was a terrible tragedy.
“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.”
“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, 35, pleaded not guilty last month in a New Brunswick courtroom to charges of assault by auto and vehicular homicide. Roper was reportedly operating the 18 wheeler “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident.”
On June 20, Morgan was released from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey and entered an undisclosed injury rehabilitation facility.
Morgan’s spokesperson, Lewis Kay, released this statement regarding Morgan’s condition:
“While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go. He and Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him.”