Actor-Comedian Tracy Morgan sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) when a Walmart truck crashed into the back of his limousine van in New Jersey June 7, his lawyer told NJ.com.
The crash that critically injured Mr. Morgan and his other companions and killed his friend James McNair has generated much publicity, including speculation as to whether Mr. Morgan, who starred on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, among other shows, would ever return to his busy career in acting and stand-up after the debilitating crash.
Previously it had been reported that Mr. Morgan’s critical injuries included a broken nose, broken legs, and broken ribs.
“Mr. Morgan is a fighter,” his attorney told NJ.com. “He’s fighting to get better. And if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that. But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”
“When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover,” his lawyer added. “So that’s where he is. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was.”
Mr. Morgan and three others filed a lawsuit against Walmart in July, alleging driver Kevin Roper was fatigued from lack of sleep after commuting 700 miles to his job in Delaware from Georgia. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation found that Mr. Roper had been driving 20 mph over the posted speed limit when he struck Mr. Morgan’s limo on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Walmart hasn’t accepted responsibility for the crash. In September, the retail giant responded to Mr. Morgan’s lawsuit saying that his injuries and those of the others were “caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device.”
Mr. Roper, who isn’t named as a defendant in Mr. Morgan’s lawsuit, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and several counts of assault by automobile.