Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart reach settlement after deadly crash

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Comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

A federal court filing in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday referred to a confidential settlement between the two sides.

Morgan’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said he and Wal-Mart worked hard to reach the settlement, adding, “Wal-Mart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.”

In the same statement, Morgan, 46, said Wal-Mart “did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”

Wal-Mart called it an “amicable settlement.” Details weren’t disclosed.

A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and others in New Jersey last June. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs.

Wal-Mart reached a settlement with McNair’s children in January. The truck driver in the accident, Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Ga., faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court. He has pleaded not guilty. He wasn’t a defendant in Morgan’s federal lawsuit.

Morgan, who also starred on “Saturday Night Live,” suffered what his lawyer has called a traumatic brain injury. The lawyer said in March that Morgan wasn’t fully recovered but was “working very hard to get better, physically, emotionally and mentally.”

Morgan had hoped to attend the 40th anniversary “SNL” show in February, but didn’t make it.

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