Tracy Morgan released from rehab hospital 1 month after crash
By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI Associated Press July 12, 2014 4:12PM
FILE - In this April 28, 2012, file photo, Tracy Morgan attends The Comedy Awards in New York. Morgan is suing Wal-Mart over the June 7, 2014, highway crash that seriously injured him and killed a fellow comedian. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, July 10, 2014, in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgans limousine. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
Updated: July 12, 2014 5:12PM
TRENTON, N.J. — Former “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from serious injuries suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead.
Morgan will continue his recovery at home with an “aggressive outpatient program,” his spokesman Lewis Kay said Saturday.
Morgan suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The wreck killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair, who went by the name Jimmy Mack. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and another passenger, Jeffrey Millea, were injured.
On Thursday, lawyers for Morgan filed a federal lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in New Jersey, accusing the retailer of being negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers crashed into Morgan’s limousine van. The suit says the driver fell asleep at the wheel and that the retail giant should have known its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was “unreasonable.”
Wal-Mart said Saturday it is “cooperating fully” withi the ongoing investigation and is “committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”
Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto.
A report by federal transportation safety investigators said Roper was driving 65 miles an hour in the 60 seconds before he slammed into the limo van. The speed limit on that stretch of the turnpike is 55 mph — and was lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction.
Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash, the report said. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.
Morgan, a New York City native, was returning from a standup performance at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware at the time of the crash. The injuries forced him to scrap his remaining summer tour dates.