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article imageTracy Morgan files suit, says Wal-Mart negligent in deadly crash

By Greta McClain     Jul 12, 2014 in World
Trenton - Famed actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has filed suit against retail giant Wal-Mart for its alleged involvement in the crash that left him critically injured and one person dead.
The deadly car crash occurred around 1 a.m. on June 7th of this year. Morgan and six others were travelling along the New Jersey Turnpike when a semi-truck driven by 35-year-old Kevin Roper plowed into Morgan's Mercedes-Benz limo bus. Fellow comedian James McNair was killed in the accident and Morgan remained in the hospital for nearly two weeks before being released to a rehabilitation center on June 20th.
An investigative report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board stated Roper was travelling approximately 20 mph over the posted speed limit when the crash occurred, and that he had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. The report further states Roper first reported to work at a Wal-Mart facility in Smyrna, Delaware at 11:22 a.m. on June 6, 2014. Driver logs show Roper making several deliveries throughout the day before leaving a Bristol, Pennsylvania Wal-Mart facility at 12:20 a.m. on June 7, 2014. He was en route to another Wal-Mart facility in Perth Amboy, New Jersey when the accident occurred.
Morgan filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Thursday. The suit alleges negligence on the part of Walmart, saying it was unreasonable to expect Roper to commute 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware, and that the retail giant knew or should have known that Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours. The suit further alleges that Roper fell asleep while driving, causing him to plow his truck into the limousine carrying Morgan.
The suit seeks both punitive and compensatory damages, with the complaint saying:
"The defendants' negligence was a substantial contributing factor in causing plaintiffs' injuries."
It goes on to say:
"As a result of Walmart's gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages."
Following the accident, Roper was arrested on death by auto and assault by auto charges. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on June 12th of this year.
No court date for the lawsuit has been set at this time.
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