Wal-Mart is claiming that Tracy Morgan’s limo bus accident was his own fault and accused him of not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. New legal documents regarding the matter came to light around noon on Monday, September 29th.
In the documents, the company is alleging that most (if not all) of the 45-year-old’s injuries were the result of his decision to not buckle up before the vehicle departed. In terms of any responsibility being pinned on the driver of the truck that collided with the New York native’s limo bus, representatives are still refusing to comment on the matter. They are giving the reason that, as the investigation is still ongoing, they are not at liberty to give any statements. Wal-Mart still has yet to even confirm that Kevin Roper was even employed by the company when the incident occurred.
Morgan filed the original lawsuit shortly before being released from the hospital, accusing Wal-Mart of overworking their drivers, and therefore, contributing to the frequency of these kinds of accidents. He alleged that, due to their negligent practices, company drivers have been involved in 380 accidents in the past two years, nine of them being fatal. The suit details Morgan’s claims that Roper was forced to drive over 10 hours straight, despite having already been awake for 24 hours. Investigators have also concluded that the truck driver had been speeding, most likely in order to make his deliveries by the end of the allotted time quota. He was subsequently charged with death by auto, despite pleading not guilty and shooting down rumors that he was under any kind of influence while driving. Shortly following the accident, the driver was found to have posted several tweets in which he boasted about his road rage. He boasted to other drivers that the road belonged to him, and to either get out the way or get hit.
The crash in question occurred in June 2014 on the New Jersey turnpike, while the comedian and six other passengers were returning from an event relating to Morgan’s recent stand-up comedy tour, Turn It Funny. Shortly after one o’clock in the morning on the seventh day of the month, the limo bus was slammed into from behind by the aforementioned trailer tractor, and the crash resulted in a six vehicle collision. The accident not only left the comedian and his associates seriously injured, but also claimed the life of one of the passengers–fellow comedian and close friend James McNair, who was 62. Morgan was airlifted to a New Jersey hospital, having suffered an array of grave injuries. These injuries included a broken femur and leg, several ribs, and nose. He underwent surgery for his leg the day after his hospital admittance, amidst rumors that he may lose the leg entirely due to the damage. The rumors proved false, however, and he came out of the surgery with the body part successfully on the mend. He was released from the hospital on June 20, having spent almost two weeks in recovery.
It remains to be seen what will come of Wal-Mart’s recent claims that the limo accident in which Tracy Morgan was injured was nobody’s fault but his own. The case itself is still going through a lengthy investigation, and authorities have not yet released any new information on the matter.
By Rebecca Grace