30 Rock Star Tracy Morgan Settles Lawsuit Against Walmart

30 Rock Star Tracy Morgan Settles Lawsuit Against Walmart
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The legal case surrounding an accident that severely injured “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan and killed his friend has been settled.


The accident involved a Walmart semi truck that rear-ended Morgan’s limo van in June 2014, killing Morgan’s friend and comedian Jimmy McNair and causing injuries to three passengers. The crash also left Morgan with broken ribs, broken leg, broken nose and severe head trauma.

Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s lawyer, said that Walmart “took full responsibility for the accident.”

According to BBC, Morgan said that Walmart “did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”

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Not having made a public appearance since his accident, Morgan was also not able to attend the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live in February. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, Morgan’s co-stars from 30 Rock, paid tribute to him on the occasion.

In November, Morelli said it couldn’t be determined whether Morgan will be “the Tracy Morgan he once was.” In March, the lawyer said the comedian hadn’t completely recovered but that he was “working very hard to get better, physically, emotionally and mentally.”

As reported by Variety, Walmart had also agreed to pay $10 million in settlement to McNair’s children in March. The driver in question, Kevin Roper, is currently on bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges of death by auto and assault.

The criminal complaint revealed that he had been awake for more than 24 hours, and a preliminary NTSB investigation said that he was speeding at 65 miles per hour in the minute he crashed the semi truck into Morgan’s limo van.

Morgan will appear on television for the first time since his accident in an interview with NBC’s Today on June 1.

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