Comedian Tracy Morgan is on a long, hard road to recovery after surviving a six-vehicle crash. According to People, Tracy’s lawyer, Benedict P. Morelli said, “He’s really having a tough time. “ He’s making incremental progress. But they’ll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively.”
On June 7, 2014, Tracy was a passenger in a limo bus when a Wal-Mart truck, driven by Kevin Roper, rear-ended it. The crash sent Tracy, Jeffrey Millea and Ardie Fuqua Jr. to the hospital where they were listed in critical condition. Harris Stanton was treated and released and the limo driver, Tryone Gale sustained no injuries. However, the crash ended the life of James McNair of Peeksville, New York.
Tracy’s injuries were extensive. He had a broken nose, broken ribs, and a broken leg. He had several fractures to his face and suffered from traumatic brain injuries. After Tracy’s release from the hospital, he went to a rehabilitation facility. He continues to have therapy at home. Tracy’s lawyer said that although Tracy has been seen using a walker, he relies on a wheelchair and it may be many months before he can walk, unassisted, on his own two legs again.
In July, Tracy filed a lawsuit in federal court against Wal-Mart. He accused them of negligence. New Jersey reports that the adult kids of Jimmy McNair, who died in the crash, are planning to sue the truck driver and Wal-Mart.
Kevin Roper pled not guilty to vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Reports accused him of being awake for over 24 hours and falling asleep at the wheel. Kevin denies those findings. He said that he was not up for 24 hours straight. He claims that he was not drunk or high. He was tested for those things and passed.
On the night of the accident, Tracy was on his way home after performing at the Dover Down Hotel & Casino in Dover Delaware. Tracy stared in “30 Rock,” “The Tracy Morgan Show,” and “Saturday Night Live.” He was also featured on two episodes of Animal Planet’s series, “Tanked.” Brett Raymer and Wayde King built Tracy a 3,000-gallon shark tank and another tank for his octopus.