Following the June 7 crash that claimed the life of a comedian and severely injured several other passengers aboard Tracy Morgan’s tour limo – including Morgan himself – he’s decided to sue Walmart over the incident. The June 7 accident took the life of 62-year-old James McNair and injured Morgan, Jeffrey Millea and Ardley Fuqua, who are also named in the case as plaintiffs. In papers filed last week, Morgan’s attorneys state that the comedian is looking for a jury trial as well as compensation and punitive charges for the accident.
“As a result of Walmart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” reads the complaint. The accident occurred when a Walmart truck driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel after being awake more than 24 hours. Morgan’s complaint states that the driver’s commute to work in New Jersey from his home in Georgia, which exceeds 700 miles, is unreasonable, and it continues to state that the driver of the truck was sleeping at the wheel when it crashed into Morgan’s limo.
Walmart responded with the following carefully worded statement, “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.”
Morgan was initially taken to a local hospital with severe injuries. He suffered a broken leg and several broken ribs. She’s not spending time in a rehab center while the other two injured parties continue to recover from their own injuries. Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old Walmart driver, plead not guilty. He was charged with death and assault by auto. A criminal complaint has been filed that accuses Roper of not sleeping for more than 24 hours, which is against New Jersey driving laws.
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