*Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart reached a settlement agreement Wednesday, ending a lawsuit related to a crash on the NJ Turnpike last year that severely injured the actor.
“Walmart and I worked diligently to reach this settlement for the plaintiffs and their families,” said Morgan’s attorney Benedict P. Morelli. “Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.”
The lawsuit was related to a multi-vehicle accident on June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Authorities said Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Georgia, apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead on the New Jersey Turnpike and then swerved to avoid a crash but instead his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan’s chauffeured limo bus.
Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed in the crash. Morgan, a former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star, and two other people were seriously injured.
Roper faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court and has pleaded not guilty. He was not a defendant in Morgan’s lawsuit against Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
The terms and conditions of Wednesday’s settlement remain confidential.
“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident,” said Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO. “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.”
“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” Morgan said. “I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”