Nearly five months after sustaining massive injuries in a car accident involving a Walmart truck, Tracy Morgan is nowhere near fully recovered. And he may never be, according to his lawyer Benedict Morello. “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,” Morelli said today. “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.”
Morelli is representing Morgan and other seriously injured passengers comedian Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeff Millea in a suit against Walmart. Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, who was speeding and who was working for 13 consecutive hours (just under the legal limit), crashed into the Morgan’s mini-bus on the New Jersey Turnpike as the comedians were returning from a show in Delaware.
Comedian Harris Stanton was also onboard but was treated and released from the hospital relatively quickly. Comedian James McNair died in the crash. Roper was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault, for which he pleaded not guilty
“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,” Morelli said today. “You just don’t know. 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. But the jury’s out.”
In September, Walmart claimed that Morgan and his friends wouldn’t have been injured so badly if they were wearing seatbelts. “After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out,” Morgan said at the time of Walmart’s claim. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”