Tracy Morgan is “still struggling” with his health after the deadly New Jersey Turnpike accident two months ago, the comedian's lawyer said Monday. The crash, which took place on June 7, claimed the life of comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, a friend of the former star of “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live," and injured four, including Morgan.
"He's still struggling, but he's a fighter and he's had issues before that he's fought through, and he's fighting hard," Benedict Morelli reportedly told NBC's "Today" show. "The interesting thing is that at the beginning, the Internet was saying that [Morgan] was dead. And then they said they amputated his leg. Now it's coming out that he's doing great. None of those things are true or accurate."
Morgan suffered several broken ribs, a broken leg and a broken nose in the accident when the comedian’s limousine van was hit by a Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) truck. A civil suit was filed last month in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the company, which owned the truck, alleging that “Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle.”
Morelli also reportedly spoke about the lawsuit during his appearance, and said: “I'm going to show if I have to in court that that's the culture (at Wal-Mart). That's what they set up. They know. ... They have to make sure that this doesn't happen."
Kevin Roper, driver of the Wal-Mart trailer truck, was reportedly charged for vehicle homicide and four counts of assault by auto, and a criminal complaint against him stated that he had not slept for more than 24 hours before the accident. Roper has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Morgan was in the intensive care unit for two weeks and was later moved to a rehabilitation center for another three weeks.
Wal-Mart reportedly expressed its regret over the accident in a statement, after the lawsuit was filed. The company also reportedly said that it would take “full responsibility” if the truck driver was proved to be at fault.