Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart After Car Crash - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart After Car Crash

Posted:

TRENTON, N.J. - Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over last month's highway crash that seriously injured him and killed a fellow comedian.
    
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan's limousine van. The complaint claims the retail giant should have known the driver had been awake for over 24 hours, and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable." It also alleges the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
    
"As a result of Wal-Mart's gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages," according to the complaint.
    
The June 7 wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair, who went by the name Jimmy Mack.  Comedian Ardley Fuqua and Jeffrey and Krista Millea, who were injured as passengers in the limo, are also named as plaintiffs.
    
Morgan, the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star, suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the crash and is currently in a rehabilitation center. Fuqua is recovering from crash-related injuries.
    
Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges. A criminal complaint also accuses him of not sleeping for more than 24 hours before the crash, a violation of New Jersey law.
    
A report by federal transportation safety investigators said Roper was driving 65 mph in the 60 seconds before he slammed into the limo van. The speed limit on that stretch of the turnpike is 55 mph and was lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction.
    
Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash, the report concluded. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.
    
Morgan, a New York City native, was returning from a standup performance at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware when the crash occurred.
    
Morgan's lawsuit seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages.
    
A message seeking comment from Wal-Mart was not immediately returned Saturday. An email seeking comment from Morgan's publicist was not immediately answered.



  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Memorial Day Observed in Kent County

    Memorial Day Observed in Kent County

    Monday, May 29 2017 7:18 PM EDT2017-05-29 23:18:20 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 7:18 PM EDT2017-05-29 23:18:20 GMT
    World War II Veteran Warner Schlaupitz applauds during a Memorial Day service in Dover. (Tom Lehman/WBOC)World War II Veteran Warner Schlaupitz applauds during a Memorial Day service in Dover. (Tom Lehman/WBOC)
    KENT COUNTY, Del. -- Light rain and drizzle didn't stop hundreds from participating in Memorial Day events in Kent County ON Monday, as veterans and families of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. A parade kicked off in the morning along Main Street in Smyrna as veterans and families made their way to the Smyrna Municipal Park for an annual memorial service. The pageantry was meaningful for Artie Sedmont, a Vietnam War veteran f...More
    KENT COUNTY, Del. -- Light rain and drizzle didn't stop hundreds from participating in Memorial Day events in Kent County ON Monday, as veterans and families of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. A parade kicked off in the morning along Main Street in Smyrna as veterans and families made their way to the Smyrna Municipal Park for an annual memorial service. The pageantry was meaningful for Artie Sedmont, a Vietnam War veteran f...More
  • Statue to Recognize Historic Delaware Figure

    Statue to Recognize Historic Delaware Figure

    Monday, May 29 2017 6:43 PM EDT2017-05-29 22:43:02 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 6:44 PM EDT2017-05-29 22:44:49 GMT
    DSU will build a statue for the university's former president, Dr. Jerome Holland.DSU will build a statue for the university's former president, Dr. Jerome Holland.

    Delaware State University is inviting the community to take part in the recognition of a historic Delaware figure, Dr. Jerome Holland, who navigated the then-Delaware State College through its most challenging decade and saved the state’s only historically black institution of higher education from possible closure in the 1950s.

    More

    Delaware State University is inviting the community to take part in the recognition of a historic Delaware figure, Dr. Jerome Holland, who navigated the then-Delaware State College through its most challenging decade and saved the state’s only historically black institution of higher education from possible closure in the 1950s.

    More
  • Many Gathered on Bethany's Boardwalk for a Memorial Day Service

    Many Gathered on Bethany's Boardwalk for a Memorial Day Service

    Monday, May 29 2017 3:37 PM EDT2017-05-29 19:37:23 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 3:37 PM EDT2017-05-29 19:37:23 GMT

    The Town of Bethany Beach held their Memorial Day service Monday morning to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

    More

    The Town of Bethany Beach held their Memorial Day service Monday morning to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices