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Walmart, Tracy Morgan Announce Settlement in Fatal Truck Crash

May 28, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety

Walmart and Benedict P. Morelli, the attorney for Tracy Morgan, Ardley Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea, Wednesday announced a settlement agreement, ending a lawsuit against Walmart arising out of a multi-vehicle accident involving the men on June 7, 2014, on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The terms and conditions of the settlement with Morgan and the other plaintiffs remain confidential. The New Jersey accident seriously injured Morgan and killed comedian James McNair.

“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident,” said Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO. “While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We worked closely with Mr. Morelli, and we are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved.”

Morelli said, “Walmart and I worked diligently to reach this settlement for the plaintiffs and their families. Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.”

Tracy Morgan said, “Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”

Police said Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper failed to see slow-moving traffic while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike. His truck slammed into a 2012 Mercedes limousine-bus carrying Morgan, McNair and several others.