An out-of-court settlement for an unrevealed amount were reached by the world’s largest retail company and comedian Tracy Morgan together with other people left injured in a crash by a Wal-Mart Stores Inc truck last year, revealed court documents filed last Wednesday.
The TV show “30 Rock” and the “Saturday Night Live” late night comedy sketch show comedian was badly injured and comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair got killed on the New Jersey Turnpike accident in June 7.
The court documents disclosed that the settlement terms and conditions with Morgan, Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea, comedian Ardley Fuqua Jr. and Krista, Millea’s wife, were undisclosed. All parties had a strong interest to keep the information secret.
In a joint statement with the retailer, Morgan said, “Wal-Mart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”
The president and CEO of Walmart U.S., Greg Foran, said that though the company cannot undo what happened, it was committed to ensure the well-being of those affected and hurt by the accident.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said the company has taken full responsibility for the accident.
Danita and Jamel, McNair’s two children, settled for $10 million in January their lawsuit against Wal-Mart, to be split between them.
Morgan, 46, suffered several broken bones and brain injury, and the other passengers also sustained injuries when the limousine bus they were on board was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck as they were returning from a comedy gig in Delaware.
Federal investigators said Kevin Roper, the truck driver, was on the road driving for 24 hours and running at about 20 miles per hour or 32 km per hour, over the speed limit before the crash.
Wal-Mart said the injuries resulted wholly, or in part, because the crash survivors failed to wear seat belts.
Roper pleaded not guilty to the charges of vehicular homicide and assault-by-auto.