In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of “Fargo” at the SVA Theater in New York. Actor-comedian Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
Nearly a year ago, comedian Tracy Morgan lost a friend and almost lost his life on the New Jersey Turnpike when a Wal-Mart truck rear-ended his limo. On May 28, the retail behemoth announced a settlement had been reached with the former “30 Rock” actor, drawing the legal drama to a close.
Benedict P. Morelli, attorney for Morgan and his associates Ardley Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea, said he and the retailer worked diligently on the settlement and that Wal-Mart took full responsibility for the multi-vehicle accident.
“The process is never easy,” Morelli told “Today,” but now that a settlement has been reached, “ has a new lease on life.”
The “SNL” alum sustained life-threatening injuries in the June 7, 2014 six-car pileup, including a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg and broken ribs. He is still undergoing physical therapy and uses a cane. Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian James (“Jimmy Mack”) McNair was killed in the crash, and Fuqua and Millea were also injured. In March, Wal-Mart agreed to pay out a $10 million settlement to McNair’s children.
“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident,” Greg Foran, Wal-Mart U.S. president and CEO, said in a statement. “While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We worked closely with Mr. Morelli, and we are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved.”
The settlement, the details of which remain undisclosed, was filed in federal court in Newark, N.J. on May 27. But Morgan said he was pleased with the terms.
“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”